Author: Ariane Kunze


The Homeless Artist

“You just forget yourself for a few minutes. When I get mad, I work. When I get sad, I work.” – Mandi Vee Entering the downtown Vancouver Community Library, on any given day, you might notice one of the tables covered in a purple velvet cloth belonging to Mandi Vee. There’s not enough room to make jewelry […]


36 Portraits

“I just want each painting to say something. Even though it is a portrait, can they see the joy in these womens’ faces?” – Hilarie Couture Artist Hilarie Couture painted 36 portraits of influential women in Clark County. The portraits will be on display at popular Vancouver locations from May to December. Click for full […]


Garage Sale Man

“I have two associates, two bachelor’s and a master’s. Now I sell junk. I’ve done a lot of different things in my life.” – Dean Yankee The sales and salvage side of Yankee’s Custom Farming was born as a garage sale no one else wanted to have. Yankee would take in boats and tractors, fix them […]


The Animal Rescuer

“I realized that everybody can do something. All of us can help. Because if you treat the animal humanely, then you’re naturally going to treat each other better.” – Caroline Reiswig Today, Reiswig, a retired corporate manager who has lived in Camas 12 years, pours her energy into animal welfare causes. She’s coordinator of a […]


The Fisherman

“The best day now is a warm day in August. No wind… and we’re trolling for salmon and steelhead. And we catch a couple. And we’re home by noon and have enjoyed the day.” – Larry Snyder Larry Snyder of Vancouver has spent thousands of hours in the past 50 years fishing for salmon in […]

Lois Elaine

“I’m on top of everything, a class act lady and into community affairs. Go do something positive… and make fudge!” – Lois Elaine Smith-Zoll Lois Elaine Smith-Zoll has been a force, a character and a community supporter in Clark County since she swept into town in 1965. She has volunteered 50 years for the Miss America […]


Senior Bowler

“My favorite part about bowling is getting strikes.” – John Hallet, 93 John Hallett, 93, who lives in Vancouver, bowls three days a week in different leagues, never missing a day. He was born in Atherton, Australia, in 1922. When he was 18, he enlisted in the Australian Army and spent three years in the Australian Tank […]

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