CAMAS — As the first few lines of the song “Chapel of Love” were partially drowned out by passing traffic, Cristina Wardwell and James Coen pulled forward in their golf cart. The couple rang a doorbell, and seconds later, Leslie Rick poked her head out of a window at her floral shop.
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.
Mining at a gravel pit that has rankled nearby residents can continue after the county hearings examiner has determined that its owner has the required permit. However, a local conservation group said it has a new strategy to challenge the mine.
Why: The Oaks Bar & Grille offers an exclusive dining experience off the beaten path overlooking the immaculately groomed Camas Meadows Golf Course with mature oaks and towering evergreen trees. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. The menu, created by Executive Chef Bill Reade, features exclusive selections to pair with draft beers and refined wines.
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.
A Washougal couple has developed their longtime passion for travel into two businesses. Kevin and Andi Crockford opened an Airbnb in their riverfront home on the Washougal River in 2014. Two years later, they started Kendi World Adventures, in which they guide mostly inexperienced travelers on trips to Costa Rica.
The Washougal School District hired Michelle Massar as the new assistant superintendent for Jemtegaard Middle School. She was most recently the district-level positive behavioral interventions and support coach for the Salem-Keizer Public School District in Salem, Ore.
Natalia’s Cafe is a longtime establishment in historic downtown Camas. Located on the corner of Northeast Fourth Avenue and Dallas Street, the family cafe serves breakfast and lunch seven days a week. Fresh food is made-to-order and served with a smile.
WASHOUGAL — The Port of Camas-Washougal announced the purchase of 11 acres of waterfront property along the Columbia River that was previously the site of the Hambleton Lumber Co., 335 S. A St., Washougal. The site is adjacent to the port's recreational boating marina.