The last thing I wanted as a college student, at age 20, was a family cruise vacation to Alaska. However, my summer job did not start until the cruise would be over, so off I went. My brother had just received his doctorate from Stanford University and I don't think he was excited about the cruise either; he was hoping for a new car as a graduation gift.
WOODLAND — Valerie Guerra spent three days trying to get the key to use the laundry room at the Lewis River RV Park recently, and even if she was able to get it, she’d be doing laundry for six people on one machine.
Brush Prairie — Hockinson Middle School and the Dull Olson Weekes - IBI Group Architects earned an Outstanding Design award for the replacement middle school, which opened before the start of the 2017-2018 school year.
West Vancouver — The Northwest Fireballs finished atop the standings in the regular season of the fifth annual summer neighborhood coed kickball league, but the Hough Shazamroxx took home the league title thanks to its playoff performance.
Battle Ground — The Kangas family held its 70th annual family reunion on Aug. 18 at Lewisville Park in Battle Ground. The family has held its reunions annually at Lewisville’s Juniper picnic area for all 70 years. More than 80 people attended the family reunion this year, coming from as far away as Arizona, while about 40 percent of the family still lives locally. There was talk that this would be the last reunion due to age and distance, but the family then set a date for a 2019 reunion.
When I woke up that spring morning in 1957, I found myself looking forward to a day in my life that would be like no other. At the age of 17, and a junior at Fort Vancouver High School, I was about to take charge of the city of Vancouver, Washington.
Camas — Camas High School senior Monica Chang was one of 36 students from around the world to participate in the Summer Science Program in Biochemistry at Purdue University in Indiana, where she and others used wet lab techniques and modeling software to study an enzyme from a fungal pathogen and to design a small molecule inhibitor to protect crops from that fungus. The 39-day program, which has been around since 1959, also brings in guest speakers and lets students go on behind-the-scenes tours of local scientific and cultural sites. In 2017, Chang won the Oregon Bioscience Showcase Research Fast Pitch competition by giving a three-minute presentation in front of 200-plus people in the Empirical Theater at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
Ridgefield — Classes started Sept. 4 in Ridgefield, with the district opening its new grades 5-8 campus, home to Sunset Ridge Intermediate School and the new View Ridge Middle School. It was Assurance Day at View Ridge as staff devoted the entire first day to only incoming seventh-graders and new eighth-graders. At Ridgefield High School, incoming freshmen and new students in grades 10 through 12 participated in Spudder Day activities designed to help them navigate their first year on campus. They also worked on a community service project at the nearby Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex, helping build a 2,000-foot trail. Volunteers from the United Methodist Church helped with the trail and provided cookies, and the Ridgefield Lion’s Club provided lunch.
Battle Ground — The intersection of Southeast Rasmussen Boulevard and Southeast Grace Avenue will transition from a two-way stop to an all-way stop intersection with the installation of stop signs and painted stop bars on both the north and southbound lanes of Grace Avenue. The all-way stop will facilitate east and westbound traffic and pedestrians entering the intersection. Both residential and commercial growth has resulted in an increase of traffic in the area, with volumes high enough to warrant and require an all-way stop by the Federal Highway Administration’s Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, according to a release from the city. The change is expected to take place in the coming weeks.