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Stories by Monika Spykerman

Columbian staff writer

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service: Organizations in Clark County offer volunteer opportunities

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January 10, 2024, 6:09am Churches & Religion

Honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of social justice by making Jan. 15 a day to celebrate Clark County’s spirit of volunteerism by, well, volunteering. Read story

What's pink, blue, yellow, sometimes sparkly and cute as heck? This huge collection of My Little Pony toys on display at the Cascade Park library through January.

The mane event: Huge My Little Pony collection showcased at Cascade Park Community Library

What's pink, blue, yellow, sometimes sparkly and cute as heck? This huge collection of My Little Pony toys on display at the Cascade Park library through January.

January 10, 2024, 6:08am Clark County Life

If the names Rainbow Dash, Pinky Pie and Twilight Sparkle mean anything to you, or if you can sing the theme song from the animated TV series “Friendship Is Magic,” then this exhibit of My Little Pony toys is just your trough of hay. Read story

This image provided by Salt & Straw shows a cone filled with one of the company's most unique offerings - a Thanksgiving feast in ice cream form, with turkey bacon, buttery brittle and jammy cranberry sauce flavors folded into a creamy base.
Student London Lockwood protests after losing a hard-fought point to coach Nathaniel Holzgrafe.

More to the point: Orion Fencing in Orchards pokes holes in fencing’s reputation as a niche sportvideo icon

Student London Lockwood protests after losing a hard-fought point to coach Nathaniel Holzgrafe.

January 4, 2024, 6:03am Clark County Life

When two kids find a couple of sticks, what’s the first thing they do? Pretend the sticks are swords and they are swashbuckling pirates or knights of old. Read story

2024 is predicted to be the Year of the Snack. Make yourself a fancy snack with herbed cream cheese and cool cucumber slices.

Snack it up: Creamy cucumber sliders put the ‘can’ in snack

2024 is predicted to be the Year of the Snack. Make yourself a fancy snack with herbed cream cheese and cool cucumber slices.

January 3, 2024, 6:07am Clark County Life

The New York Times recently published an article about 2024’s food trends. One prediction jumped out at me: that meals will become passe while fancy snacks will become all the rage. Read story

Unlike a maze, a labyrinth follows a single path with no dead-ends. Vancouver's First Presbyterian Church and Eunice Schroeder of Sacred Journey Ministries have hosted a Jan.
Each time I take a sip of my homemade cappuccino, I think about 2023&rsquo;s many unexpected delights.

An unexpected journey: A caffeinated look back at 2023

Each time I take a sip of my homemade cappuccino, I think about 2023&rsquo;s many unexpected delights.

December 27, 2023, 6:02am Clark County Life

For me, 2023 was a very eventful year. Well, technically every year is eventful in that it is full of events. You cannot not have an eventful year, even if you would like one. So let me more accurately say that 2023 has been a year in which some things… Read story

Parker Zaemann hands a tree up to Jordan Mastrud, left, as he fills a dumpster with recycled Christmas trees with Jack O'Claire on Jan 7 during the Christmas tree recycling event.

From merry to mulch: Tips on how to recycle your natural Christmas tree in Clark County

Parker Zaemann hands a tree up to Jordan Mastrud, left, as he fills a dumpster with recycled Christmas trees with Jack O'Claire on Jan 7 during the Christmas tree recycling event.

December 26, 2023, 6:03am Clark County News

O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, how droopy are thy branches! Your needles dry and fall about. How quickly can we get you out? O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, you’re even bald in patches. Read story

Cathy Ramer has been working on this Queen Anne-style gingerbread manor since September. She&rsquo;s been making elaborate gingerbread houses nearly ever year since 1982.

“It’s meditative. The minutiae intrigues me”: Gingerbread genius creates masterpieces in Felida

Cathy Ramer has been working on this Queen Anne-style gingerbread manor since September. She&rsquo;s been making elaborate gingerbread houses nearly ever year since 1982.

December 23, 2023, 6:13am Clark County Life

What Clark County edifice has 100 walls, eight doors, 32 windows and 1,000 roof tiles, designed and built by one single-minded architectural genius? The answer is a Queen Anne manor house in Felida, complete with gables, balconies and a six-sided, two-story turret. However, it doesn’t occupy any acreage. It’s sitting… Read story

Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, hugs actor Karolyn Grimes, who plays his daughter Zuzu, in "It's a Wonderful Life." (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)