PROEBSTEL — Despite all the growth in Clark County, Proebstel, an unincorporated community just east of Vancouver, still feels pretty country. Large grass-covered lots line state Highway 500, the arterial that runs through it. There’s a “country market,” a church, a few businesses and farms offering blueberries or eggs. The area’s even named after a pioneer.
Esther Short — More than 20 volunteers helped out at FISH of Vancouver on Aug. 4 at its new First Saturday opening of the food pantry. Volunteers served clients, stocked shelves, repacked food and sorted donations.
Woodland — Teachers from Woodland Public Schools spent parts of their summer developing their teaching skills through professional development opportunities, helping out in their communities, offering students opportunities to make up class credits and preparing for the upcoming school year.
Yacolt — It’s not uncommon for people to get cold feet before getting married, but Lynn LaBeau McNally and Keith Kent tempted fate by bringing their wedding to a blizzard. The couple married Aug. 4 at the Moulton Falls Bridge, and their wedding party of 44 people then hopped in a party limo and went to a nearby Dairy Queen for ice cream. The couple dated as teenagers 20 years ago, when McNally worked at Dairy Queen in Longview, and reunited four years ago after running into each other at a Journey concert.
Our most recent Clark Asks voting round ended in a tie for the first time. One of our readers asked: “Why is there an old staircase that goes down to the Columbia River by Who Song and Larry’s? What used to be there?”
I’m retired now, but I worked in the insurance business for more than 40 years. In the mid-1990s, I was living in San Diego but was the state manager for a small fraternal insurance company with headquarters in Rock Island, Ill. All the state managers flew back there four or five times a year for meetings and training.
Washougal — The Two Rivers Heritage Museum recently received volumes of research notes and a complete second set of Camas-Washougal Homestead Records from the family of Curtis Hughey, a former Camas-Washougal Historical Society president who died on Nov. 25.