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Scott Hewitt

social issues & neighborhoods reporter


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What's Up with That? Masons' farmers market won't return to Hazel Dell

By Scott Hewitt March 4, 2015 6 a.m.

It broke my heart to hear that the Masons in Hazel Dell lost so much money because of embezzlement. But I was glad to see they started a farmers market last year to help pay the bills on their property. Will the market have another season this year?

Salvation Army thrift store has new home

By Scott Hewitt March 3, 2015 5:18 p.m.

When it comes to thrift stores, the days of cold and dark and dank are over. "We're changing from those old hole-in-the-wall thrifts," said Salvation Army Capt. Dennis Earnhart as he surveyed the new Orchards store that will open on Thursday. "We call them 'family stores' now and we want them to be clean and bright and safe."

Gorge's hidden gem: Maryhill Museum

By Scott Hewitt March 1, 2015 6 a.m.

MARYHILL — The whole tilting, stratified, gold-and-green landscape of the Columbia River Gorge is one massive museum.

Stations of the Cross with bilingual approach

By Scott Hewitt February 28, 2015 6 a.m.

Seventh-graders at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School in Vancouver performed the ritual walking of the Stations of the Cross on Friday with a bilingual twist, reciting and singing in both English and Spanish.

WSUV students to facilitate listening tour on housing

By Scott Hewitt February 26, 2015 7:49 p.m.

At a time when decision-making in Clark County and Southwest Washington seems increasingly fractious and angry, the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington and Washington State University Vancouver are making a display of problem solving through respectful civil discourse and listening to people.

Vancouver steps in direction of tenant protections

By Scott Hewitt February 23, 2015 7:24 p.m.

Twenty days' notice to vacate a rental for no reason in particular — except that the landlord wants you to leave — seems like "cruel and unusual punishment," Vancouver City Councilman Larry Smith said Monday afternoon. "It's very harsh. It bugs the daylight out of me."

Vancouver eyes affordable housing remedies

By Scott Hewitt February 22, 2015 6:29 p.m.

The Vancouver City Council will hold a one-hour workshop to start exploring affordable housing issues and remedies — what can be done to build more and to protect vulnerable tenants from displacement — beginning at 4 p.m. Monday in the council chambers at Vancouver City Hall, 415 W. 6th Street.

On front lines of mental health crisis

By Scott Hewitt February 22, 2015 6 a.m.

Peggy McCarthy believes in healing of all sorts — from highly scientific Western medicine to the ancient Asian body — and spirit-stretching of yoga and meditation.

Bits 'n' Pieces: Washougal singer takes prize, heads for New York

By Scott Hewitt February 21, 2015 6 a.m.

Singing came as naturally to Anne Maguire as life on the Skamania farm where she grew up.

Church offers 'Ashes to Go' on Ash Wednesday

By Scott Hewitt February 18, 2015 5:37 p.m.

The Rev. Tom Warne isn't too surprised that people are so surprised by "Ashes to Go."

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