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.

Working in Clark County: Interior Designer Victoria Bradford

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

Victoria Bradford worked in the banking business but had a passion for design. She went back to school to study interior design.

Mountain View senior achieves rank of Eagle Scout

By Mary Ricks March 19, 2014 6 a.m.

Matthew Crowell passed his Eagle Scout board of review in December and had his Eagle Court of Honor March 16.

Five generations: Cain

By Mary Ricks March 19, 2014 6 a.m.

Anna Titzler, 97, of Vancouver, holds her great-great-grandson, Landon Cain, 9 days old, in a five-generation photo taken in January.

Working in Clark County: Nurse Jodi Stewart

By Mary Ricks March 17, 2014 6 a.m.

Registered nurse Jodi Stewart didn't apply to be a nursing director at the care center where she worked, because she didn't have any experience as a nursing director. But colleagues urged her to apply and she won the job. As nursing director at Cascade Park Care Center, "the residents are my highest priority," she says.Name: Jodi Stewart.

Clark County business briefs

By Mary Ricks March 16, 2014 5:59 a.m.

People in business and other business news

Silver Beaver Award given to three Boy Scouts volunteers

By Mary Ricks March 12, 2014 6 a.m.

Cascade Pacific Council of the Boy Scouts of America is awarding three local adult volunteers the Silver Beaver Award. The award is presented for distinguished service to young people within a local Boy Scouts of America Council. It is the highest national award that can be presented by a local council.

Clark County business calendar

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

The Columbian welcomes submissions about Clark County residents or businesses as well as regional business events. Information must be received by noon Tuesday preceding the intended Monday publication date. Send to or fax 360-735-4598.

Working in Clark County: Carrie Burhenn: Veterinarian

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

Veterinarian Carrie Burhenn was fresh out of college. She needed a job but first wanted a vacation. While looking for a place to board her cat during her travels, she came upon a clinic that needed another veterinarian. Her career was launched. Now she wants to "keep on doing what I am doing, just get better at it." Name: Carrie Burhenn, veterinarian.

Man gets to celebrate 100th birthday before passing away six days later

By Mary Ricks March 9, 2014 10:04 p.m.

Surrounded by more than 100 family and friends, Ken Davis celebrated his 100th birthday on March 1 at MacArthur Boulevard Christian Church where he is a charter member. He enjoyed his party, his daughter said, but died six days later. A service will be at 11 a.m. March 12 at MacArthur Boulevard Christian Church.

Clark County business briefs

By Mary Ricks March 9, 2014 5:59 a.m.

People in business and other business news

Working in Clark County: Joe Lanning: Jewelry repairman

By Mary Ricks March 3, 2014 6 a.m.

Joe Lanning has always been a person who could fix things. He was tired of having to relocate for his retail job, so he headed off in a new direction. Lanning took classes in diamond setting and jewelry repair and launched his own jewelry business. "I like the customers' reaction when they pick up their jewelry after it's cleaned and repaired. They get the enjoyment of wearing something that belonged to their parents or grandparents," he said.

Birthday milestone: Dusenbery

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

Harris Dusenbery was born on Feb. 26, 1914, in Roundup, Mont., where he shared the joys of small town life with his three brothers. His family moved to Portland in 1926.

Working in Clark County: Denton Harlan, Mortician

By Mary Ricks February 24, 2014 5:59 a.m.

Denton Harlan trained as a dance instructor but later became a minister. He worked at a local funeral home at age 22, then left to study for the ministry. Disenchanted with ministry, he returned to the funeral business and has remained a mortician for the past 45 years. Harlan loves music — think Willie Nelson, not Lady Gaga. The most rewarding part of his job: "Helping people when they desperately need help."Name: Denton Harlan.

Working in Clark County: Kevin Gorby: Puppet Maker

By Mary Ricks February 17, 2014 6 a.m.

Kevin Gorby was unemployed and living with his in-laws. Money was running out. He and his wife built a puppet for their daughter, and soon they had puppet parts all over the in-laws' living room. Gorby had found a new career. "When I build a puppet for my customer, I don't want it adequate," he says, "I want it to blow their mind. I want it to be the best."Name: Kevin Gorby.

Five generations: Wildman

By Mary Ricks February 12, 2014 6 a.m.

Ray E. Wildman, 84, of Vancouver holds his great-great-grandson, Landon Wildman, 3 months, Vancouver, in a five-generations photo taken recently. Others in the photo include, standing from left, Landon's great-grandfather, Ray D. Wildman, 66, Vancouver; Landon's dad, Cole Wildman, 21, Vancouver; and Landon's grandfather, Chris Wildman, 40, of Washougal.

Five generations: Beardsley

By Mary Ricks February 12, 2014 6 a.m.

Tyler Beardsley, 23, of Vancouver holds his 1-year-old son, Nathan Beardsley, in a five-generations photo taken in October. Other family members pictured, from left, are Nathan's grandfather, Richard Beardsley Jr., 44, Woodland; his great-grandmother, Pat Crawford, 65, Vancouver; and his great-great-grandfather, Warren Townsend, 86, of Camas.

Working in Clark County: Kate Singh, photographer

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

Kate Singh, facing burnout after a 35-year nursing career, was ready for a change. She went back to college and studied graphic design and launched an award-winning photography career. "I take the time to make the best photos. I like letting people see they are special and look alright."Name: Kate Singh.

Ryan set to celebrate a century

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

Brush Prairie — Maude Ryan was born on the border between Arkansas and Louisiana on Feb. 8, 1914. She was the oldest of five children and is the only one still living.

Working in Clark County: Jan Asai: Columbia Dance Studio director

By Mary Ricks February 3, 2014 6 a.m.

Jan Asai, a dancer all the way through college, is passionate about the arts community in Vancouver. She worked as an accountant, then helped launched a nonprofit dance studio in retirement. With the support of her husband, Winston, she has been able to devote herself to volunteer activities. "At the end of the day," Asai says, "I feel so blessed."Name: Jan Asai, 360-737-1922.

Vancouver's Moore turns 100

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

Central Vancouver — Florence Moore likes playing bridge weekly with three dear friends. She will celebrate her 100th birthday Saturday.

Seven join ranks of Eagle Scouts

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

Seven Boy Scouts from the Fort Vancouver District successfully passed their Eagle Scout board of review in December. They have been advanced to the rank of Eagle Scout.

Working in Clark County: Jason Hutcheson: Customer Representative

By Mary Ricks January 27, 2014 6 a.m.

Jason Hutcheson thrives on changes to his work schedule and working long hours helping customers at Clark Public Utilities. He is happy when he can help senior citizens or people in need pay their bills using one of several assistance programs offered by the utility. "It's a great place to work," Hutcheson says. "I love this job."

Working in Clark County: Nikki White, Realtor

By Mary Ricks January 20, 2014 6 a.m.

Nikki White has taken a spirited and energetic approach to her career in her 14 years as a Realtor. White has made time to get involved in helping others, and in 2013 she was honored with the Citizen Award from the Clark County Association of Realtors in 2013 for her "selfless and thoughtful" contributions to her community. "I like helping families fulfill their dreams," she says.Name: Nikki White, 360-921-7270.

Two from Fort Vancouver District move up to Eagle Scout

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

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

Working in Clark County: Casey Wyckoff, Architect

By Mary Ricks January 13, 2014 6 a.m.

Casey Wyckoff and his firm, LSW Architects, have helped shape Clark County with their designs of major public facilities including Clark College's Gaiser Hall, numerous public schools, and the Luke Jensen Sports Park. "It is so rewarding. … I absolutely love what I do," says Wyckoff, who started as an intern at LSW Architects 18 years ago and is now president. These days, Wycoff is investing his time and energy in pursuit of making a vibrant core in downtown, with even more restaurants and shopping.

Brush Prairie woman's 100th birthday is Monday

By Mary Ricks January 8, 2014 5:59 a.m.

Greater Brush Prairie: The doctor told Jean Lacey's mother that her premature baby would not live through the night. That was Jan. 13, 1914. She lived through many more nights and will celebrate her 100th birthday on Monday.

Working in Clark County: David Seth, gunsmith

By Mary Ricks January 6, 2014 6 a.m.

David Seth knew he didn't want to fight fires or sit in the back of an ambulance as a career. He had always been interested in shooting and firearms as a hobby. Seth started working on friends' guns and was soon selling his services to many people on eBay. A new career was born.

Woman celebrates 100th birthday in Battle Ground

By Mary Ricks December 18, 2013 6 a.m.

Daisy Clawson celebrated her 100th birthday with friends and family at an open house Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Kiwanis building in Battle Ground.

Clark County at Work: Pro Caliber

By Mary Ricks December 9, 2013 6 a.m.

Business name: Pro Caliber.

Clark County at Work: Dan's Tractor Inc.

By Mary Ricks December 2, 2013 6 a.m.

Business name: Dan's Tractor Inc.

Clark County at Work: G. Loomis

By Mary Ricks November 25, 2013 6 a.m.

Bruce Holt said his company distributes products worldwide with full sales and marketing support provided by Shimano American Corporation of Irvine, Calif. Loomis works with promotional anglers, fishing guides and numerous types of news advertising media, including magazines, websites, radio and television. The company has two sales representative groups that serve their dealer business across the entire United States. Loomis also has five international sales groups that sell and promote products outside of the U.S.

Clark County at Work: Acc-U-Set Construction

By Mary Ricks November 18, 2013 6 a.m.

Acc-U-Set Construction specializes in installation and relocation of mobile and modular buildings. Acc-U-Set also does excavation and site work.

Clark County at Work: Vancouver Woodworks Furniture

By Mary Ricks November 11, 2013 6 a.m.

Vancouver Woodworks sells quality wood furniture and accessories including tables, chairs, bedroom furniture, desks, bookcases, television stands, futons, kids furniture, lamps and artwork.

Clark County at Work: United Natural Foods, Inc.

By Mary Ricks October 21, 2013 6 a.m.

Sam Braden, general manager, said United Natural Foods is the largest wholesale distributor of natural/organic foods in the nation. The independent distributor also provides marketing and promotional tools, merchandising, category management and store support services for its customers.

Clark County at Work: Northwest Tubes N' Hoses

By Mary Ricks October 14, 2013 6 a.m.

Business name: Northwest Tubes N' Hoses.

Clark County at Work: Allweather Wood/Humboldt Redwood

By Mary Ricks October 7, 2013 6 a.m.

Allweather Wood/Humboldt Redwood is a manufacturer and distributor of pressure-treated lumber and redwood products. Today, the inventory features pressure-treated and redwood lumber products for building decks, fences and landscaping projects. In addition the company carries pressure-treated lumber that can be used in applications for docks, bridges and pole-type buildings.

Clark County at Work: 1-800-GOT-JUNK

By Mary Ricks September 23, 2013 6 a.m.

1-800-GOT-JUNK is a franchised full-service junk removal company. The company removes household junk from the garage or a warehouses full of office furnishings.

Clark County at Work: Dresscode

By Mary Ricks September 16, 2013 6 a.m.

Dresscode, formerly known as The Scrub Shop, caters to local medical, restaurant and spa professionals who wear uniforms. Dresscode assists clinics of all sizes to ensure the proper fit, fashion and function. And Dresscode goes to its customers. The company takes uniforms to hospitals and clinics to make it convenient for employees to shop.

Clark County at Work: Quality Machine

By Mary Ricks September 9, 2013 6 a.m.

Business name: Quality Machine.

Clark County at Work: Caribbean And Beyond

By Mary Ricks September 3, 2013 6 a.m.

Owners: Ann Cappa and her sister Fran Cappa.

Clark County at Work: Industrial Finishes & Systems Inc.

By Mary Ricks August 26, 2013 6 a.m.

Industrial Finishes & Systems Inc. is a full-service automotive and industrial coatings supplier, providing products and services to the collision repair and industrial manufacturing industries. It offers tools and equipment for the auto body professional and also carries a complete line of automotive car wash and detailing supplies.

Clark County at Work: Global TTL

By Mary Ricks August 19, 2013 6 a.m.

Global TTL is a locally owned manufacturer of energy-efficient LED commercial and industrial light fixtures sold under the EnviroLux brand name. EnviroLux LED fixtures are ranked No. 1 for efficiency, which qualifies buyers for Department of Energy rebates. Some of the typical uses of EnviroLux LED lighting fixtures are for parking lots and garages, building walls, interior office and warehouse space, industrial flood lights, and hazardous locations.

Clark County at Work: Autumn's Auto Lube

By Mary Ricks August 12, 2013 6 a.m.

Autumn's Auto Lube owner Autumn Lonstad said she tries to focus on being a complete preventative maintenance shop which can provide service for just about any type of vehicle.

Clark County at Work: Acne Treatment Center

By Mary Ricks August 3, 2013 3:30 p.m.

In the simplest terms, Jane Dudik said her office offers clear skin treatment to people of all ages who have acne. Effective treatment sometimes can change a person's life, Dudik says. For example, one young man in his mid-20s with severe cystic acne was brought into her clinic by his clear-skinned brother. The brother with acne didn't have a job, and he hid in his apartment. By his third visit he was smiling and shaking Dudik's hand.

Clark County at Work: Stone NW Inc.

By Mary Ricks July 29, 2013 6 a.m.

Business name: Stone NW Inc.

Clark County at Work: Vancouver Cyclery

By Mary Ricks July 22, 2013 6 a.m.

Vancouver's oldest bicycle store sells new bicycles, all types of accessories for bikes including tires, tubes, bags, gloves and parts for the repair of used bikes. They also sell cycling shoes and clothing. The store does not sell used bicycles.

Clark County at Work: Bleu Door Bakery

By Mary Ricks July 15, 2013 6 a.m.

Business name: Bleu Door Bakery

Clark County at Work: Sego's Herb Farm

By Mary Ricks July 8, 2013 6 a.m.

Sego's Herb Farm is an organically certified medicinal herb farm on 55 acres which grows and sells goldenseal, ginseng, and ginkgo. The primary market is to wholesalers located throughout the world.

Clark County at Work: K&D Services Inc.

By Mary Ricks July 1, 2013 6 a.m.

Business name: K&D Services Inc.