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Stories by Scott Hewitt

Columbian staff writer

&ldquo;People will tell you, &lsquo;My dad drank it. My grandpa drank it. So many people who live here have a connection to the Lucky Lager brewery,&rdquo; said Vancouver beer memorabilia collector Pat Franco.

‘The king of West Coast beers,’ Lucky Lager an iconic part of Vancouver’s history

&ldquo;People will tell you, &lsquo;My dad drank it. My grandpa drank it. So many people who live here have a connection to the Lucky Lager brewery,&rdquo; said Vancouver beer memorabilia collector Pat Franco.

January 12, 2024, 6:04am Clark County Life

What’s your pleasure: the X, whether bold and blocky or squished flat; the ribbonlike, elegant L; or, some smart mashup of one or more of these familiar symbols? Read story

Fitness instructor Barbara Dunlap, center, leads local seniors in an hourlong strength-and-balance class called Enhance Fitness, sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging &amp; Disability of Southwest Washington, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Brush Prairie.

Standing up to falls: Exercise classes, programs help Clark County seniors avoid injury, stay safe at home

Fitness instructor Barbara Dunlap, center, leads local seniors in an hourlong strength-and-balance class called Enhance Fitness, sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging &amp; Disability of Southwest Washington, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Brush Prairie.

January 9, 2024, 6:03am Clark County Health

When you hit it unexpectedly, the ground turns out to be so unforgivingly hard. Read story

Amanda Cowan/The Columbian 
 Volunteer Steve Bader takes part in a big reupholstery project Friday at the Kiggins Theater. The Kiggins has shut down for two weeks and rounded up local volunteers to refurbish more than 100 worn and damaged seats.

Kiggins Theatre gets a little help from its friends

Amanda Cowan/The Columbian 
 Volunteer Steve Bader takes part in a big reupholstery project Friday at the Kiggins Theater. The Kiggins has shut down for two weeks and rounded up local volunteers to refurbish more than 100 worn and damaged seats.

January 5, 2024, 3:09pm Business

Who knew that a chair could turn out to be such a complicated, costly machine? Not even retired Hewlett-Packard engineer Joe Barbera, flipping over a disassembled cinema seat to reveal the array of complicated parts that are usually hidden below a moviegoer’s bottom. Read story

Got a story to tell? We want to hear it

December 30, 2023, 6:02am Clark County Life

Remember when the Chicago Vanguards softball team wagered $500 on their own win during a “money game” — and nearly blew it? Read story

Todd Sheets&rsquo; unlikely connection to the late Richard Newkirk, a Hollywood casting director, resulted in his acquiring much of Newkirk&rsquo;s personal memorabilia collection, like a signed photo of the cast of &ldquo;NCIS.&rdquo; (Taylor Balkom/The Columbian)

‘I’ve always been fascinated by faces’: Vancouver man collects 300 autographs of celebrities

Todd Sheets&rsquo; unlikely connection to the late Richard Newkirk, a Hollywood casting director, resulted in his acquiring much of Newkirk&rsquo;s personal memorabilia collection, like a signed photo of the cast of &ldquo;NCIS.&rdquo; (Taylor Balkom/The Columbian)

December 28, 2023, 6:05am Clark County Life

When Todd Sheets sent an admiring letter to former President Ronald Reagan, the cordial reply he received was tagged “photo enclosed,” but there was no photo in the envelope. Sheets, who is genial and persistent, chalked up the mistake to Reagan’s busy schedule and advanced age, and tried a second… Read story

Mike Koon takes part in a hike on a guided tour offered by the park service Jan. 1, 2017, at Battle Ground Lake State Park. There will be two volunteer-led hikes this New Year's Day at the park, but space is limited and registration is required.

Start 2024 on right foot with volunteer-led interpretive hikes at Battle Ground State Park

Mike Koon takes part in a hike on a guided tour offered by the park service Jan. 1, 2017, at Battle Ground Lake State Park. There will be two volunteer-led hikes this New Year's Day at the park, but space is limited and registration is required.

December 21, 2023, 6:08am Clark County Life

Thanks to two new books that explore its history and geology, Battle Ground Lake has enjoyed a recent star turn in local historical and scientific circles — as well as in the pages of The Columbian. Read story

The intricate cloud bands of Jupiter and one of its largest moons, Europa, as photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope in August 2020.

Cold Moon rising: If skies are clear, Earth’s satellite will shine with a magical glow around Christmas

The intricate cloud bands of Jupiter and one of its largest moons, Europa, as photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope in August 2020.

December 12, 2023, 6:03am Clark County Life

and that’s always an astronomical if in this generally overcast season — the night sky on and around Christmas will shine with a magical, silver-white glow. Read story

Coming in for a landing: A hummingbird approaches one of the many bird feeders in Jack Burkman’s yard in Vancouver. Burkman has outfitted his hummingbird feeders with watertight, clamp-on heat lamps that keep the nectar from freezing during winter. “Consistency is the key thing,” he said.

Nature + nurture = Even birds can use a little help in Southwest Washington winters

Coming in for a landing: A hummingbird approaches one of the many bird feeders in Jack Burkman’s yard in Vancouver. Burkman has outfitted his hummingbird feeders with watertight, clamp-on heat lamps that keep the nectar from freezing during winter. “Consistency is the key thing,” he said.

December 9, 2023, 6:13am Clark County Life

Everybody can use a little help making it through the ravages of winter. Even birds. Read story

The second annual edition of &ldquo;Voices of the River,&rdquo; the journal of the Vancouver-based Confluence Project, is out now.

Latest ‘Voices of the River’ highlights dams: Confluence Project aims to revive tribal history along river

The second annual edition of &ldquo;Voices of the River,&rdquo; the journal of the Vancouver-based Confluence Project, is out now.

December 7, 2023, 6:02am Clark County Life

The fate of big hydroelectric dams on Pacific Northwest rivers is a longstanding, hot-button issue that gets hotter every day. Read story

The Beacock Music Jazz Band brings the swing to Clearwater Springs Assisted Living one morning in November. Senior homes are &ldquo;a great circuit&rdquo; for senior musicians, said bandleader Gene Burton, on saxophone at front right.

‘Music makes everybody happy’: Beacock Music Jazz Band keeps senior musicians busy and musically sharpvideo icon

The Beacock Music Jazz Band brings the swing to Clearwater Springs Assisted Living one morning in November. Senior homes are &ldquo;a great circuit&rdquo; for senior musicians, said bandleader Gene Burton, on saxophone at front right.

December 2, 2023, 6:13am Clark County Health

If you thought that life in retirement was quiet, get a load of the huge, happy noise the Beacock Music Jazz Band pumps out. Read story