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Stories by Monika Spykerman

Columbian staff writer

Marlow is the best dessert you&rsquo;ve never heard of &mdash; a creamy, warm-weather treat with melted marshmallows, milk and whipped cream.

Frozen marshmallow dessert Marlow is the bee’s knees

Marlow is the best dessert you&rsquo;ve never heard of &mdash; a creamy, warm-weather treat with melted marshmallows, milk and whipped cream.

May 22, 2024, 6:05am Clark County Life

I had a little extra time on my hands recently when I was holed up at home with a terrible cold. I did a lot of reading to distract myself, but man (or in this case, woman) cannot live by books alone. We also need the internet. As I was… Read story

Vancouver police released security images of the suspect in a stabbing at Clark College on Tuesday.

Vancouver police act on tip, arrest suspect in Clark College stabbing

Vancouver police released security images of the suspect in a stabbing at Clark College on Tuesday.

May 16, 2024, 4:33pm Clark County News

Vancouver police arrested a man who they say matches the description of the perpetrator in Tuesday’s stabbing at Clark College, according to a police news release. Read story

A participant of the 2023 Trashion Show models her upcycled outfit for onlookers.

From castoff to couture: Trashion show at Vancouver library lands Saturday

A participant of the 2023 Trashion Show models her upcycled outfit for onlookers.

May 16, 2024, 6:05am Clark County Life

Clark County has a thriving community of designers creating new fashions from used clothes. That’s a good thing, seeing as synthetic fabrics like polyester take hundreds of years to break down in landfills. But what if designers made garments and accessories not only out of discarded clothes but also out… Read story

Ridgefield High School marches in the Hazel Dell Parade of Bands on Saturday, May 21, 2022.
Cauliflower Cheese is a classic British dish made, unsurprisingly, with cauliflower and cheese.

Take it cheesy: Cauliflower Cheese lives up to its name

Cauliflower Cheese is a classic British dish made, unsurprisingly, with cauliflower and cheese.

May 15, 2024, 6:05am Clark County Life

Cauliflower is the real workhorse of Vegetable Land. Raw cauliflower has a lovely crunch and a hint of nuttiness and I always go for the cauliflower on a vegetable platter, unless there’s snow peas, because snow peas are obviously better than cauliflower. Cooked cauliflower is so tender and has such… Read story

Music director Jana Hart leads the Vancouver USA Singers in a 2018 rehearsal. The group later changed its name to Vancouver Master Chorale.

‘First community choir’ in city, Vancouver Master Chorale turns 75

Music director Jana Hart leads the Vancouver USA Singers in a 2018 rehearsal. The group later changed its name to Vancouver Master Chorale.

May 11, 2024, 6:13am Clark County Life

A 75th birthday is a milestone worth celebrating for anyone, but it might be an even greater accomplishment for performing arts groups, which are subject to the public’s tastes and vulnerable to economic downturns. Read story

Bird with Flower by Sharon Agnor, left, and artwork by Cindy Geffel are among the pieces in the pollinators exhibit at Art at the CAVE gallery in Vancouver.

Reason to bee hopeful: Pollinators show finds fertile ground at Art at the CAVE gallery

Bird with Flower by Sharon Agnor, left, and artwork by Cindy Geffel are among the pieces in the pollinators exhibit at Art at the CAVE gallery in Vancouver.

May 10, 2024, 6:04am Clark County Life

Have you heard the buzz? There’s a new art exhibit this month at Art at the CAVE, a contemporary art gallery in downtown Vancouver. The gallery is showcasing the work of three artists, Clark County residents Sharon Agnor and Kathy Willson and Clackamas, Ore., resident Cindy Geffel. Their engaging, colorful… Read story

Journey Theater seeks dancers, singers, actors for ‘The Music Man’

May 9, 2024, 6:55am Clark County Life

Journey Theater seeks dancers, singers and actors ages 8 and older to audition for its upcoming production of “The Music Man” on Aug. 2, 3, 9 and 10 at the Joyce Garver Theater in Camas. Read story

The Camas Plant and Garden Fair on May 11 will feature a wide array of plants, garden art and locally made products in downtown Camas.
With no butter, milk or eggs, this crazy mocha cake is extremely OK.

A Depression-era showdown between chocolate buttermilk cake and mocha crazy cake

With no butter, milk or eggs, this crazy mocha cake is extremely OK.

May 8, 2024, 6:05am Clark County Life

Last week I was rearranging some things in my kitchen and I came across my great-grandmother Ruth’s recipe for chocolate cake, scribbled on a yellowing index card. My middle name is Ruth, in honor of her. I never had the chance to meet her but I feel a kind of… Read story