clark county washington: Valentine's Day - Time for Pairings - 01/28/15 07:45 AM
Special Dinners for Valentine's Day in Clark County
Valentine's Day is coming up in just two weeks, and that's a special event that may require some planning. Especially if you want to enjoy a special dinner with your special person - it's one of the busiest days of the year for restaurants. A few of our favorites for special occasions are Gray's at The Park in the Vancouver Hilton, Hudson's Bar and Grill in the Heathman Lodge, and our local favorite Roots in Camas.  Each offers fresh, locally sourced cuisine, great ambiance and service, and excellent wine selections.  Gray's is offering a special Valentine's Day … (19 comments)

clark county washington: Dreaming of a White Christmas - What are the odds in Clark County,WA? - 12/16/13 07:02 AM
Dreaming of a White Christmas - What are the odds in Clark County, WA?

According to the weather folks, the definition of a White Christmas means an accumulation of a least an inch of snowfall. That doesn’t seem like much does it? Come on, just an inch, that sounds pretty easy.
However in Clark County, ocean winds bring us for the most part, a temperate weather climate. In short, that means we have warm, dry summers and mild, damp winters. Snowfall is variable, and is rather uncommon.
Chance of snow on Christmas in Clark County, WA
State forecasters are calling this … (31 comments)

clark county washington: Won't you be my (green) neighbor? Clark County, WA - 02/10/13 08:27 AM
Won't you be my (green) neighbor? Clark County, WA As and EcoBroker-Realtor in Clark County,WA, I’m always looking for like-minded people and organizations. Recently. I stumbled upon, and joined a network called Clark County Green Neighbors. It’s right up my alley and down my street.
If you share a desire to live in harmony with the environment, do yourself a favor and check out the website. It’s great resource with wonderful tid-bits of eco-friendly information.  And you can even earn badges for being a good, green
Proud to be a green neighbor in Clark County. Once you get the Green Neighbor … (26 comments)

clark county washington: Green Homes in Clark County, WA - Plenty of Options in 2013. - 02/08/13 11:20 AM
Green Homes in Clark County, WA - Plenty of Options in 2013. If you think winter is a slow time in Real Estate, thing again. There’s been a lot of activity in the sales of green homes in Clark County in the past 30 days. Buyers and sellers aren’t waiting for Spring to arrive.
As of February 8th, 2013, there are 11 new listings, 17 pendings (only 1 of those is a Short Sale), and 11 solds within a 30 day period. The median time on the market is between 107 and 115 days - a sellers market.
The sold prices range … (10 comments)

clark county washington: Musical Chairs at the Finch Feeder - Exploring Clark County - 05/11/12 07:07 AM
Recently, we had a number of Finches competing for a spot at a backyard feeder in Clark County, Washington. It was delight to see them perched up and down the sides of the tube as it swayed to and fro in the evening wind. It reminded me of Musical Chairs. They are entertaining birds and great singers. Finches brighten backyards around the nation, including those in Clark County, WA with a variety of colors - bright blues, yellows, reds and purples. Plus, their melodic song fills the air with sweet sounds.
Ironically, it's the male Finch who sports the brightest … (21 comments)

clark county washington: Distressed Properties in Clark County, Washington - Not the only game in town. - 05/08/12 07:50 AM
Many of my clients assume the only listings in Clark County are Distressed Properties - short sales and bank owned. That's not accurate, they aren't the only game in town. In fact, the local RMLS just released the statistics for all Distressed Residential Properties in the first quarter of 2012.
According to the RMLS, this is the break down for Clark County when comparing percentage share of the market 1st quarter of 2011 to 1st quarter of 2012.
First quarter of 2011 to 2012, distressed sales as a percentage of new listings decreased by 4.6% (39.7% v. 35.1%). First quarter … (13 comments)

clark county washington: Green Business Program in Clark County, Washington - 02/08/12 01:14 PM
Do you have what it takes to be a green business? Clark County, Washington has a new program designed to help businesses flourish in an environmentally responsible manner. In addition, the program is directed toward the local economy.
The green economy is growing 10 times faster than the general economy as consumers demand more green products and services. Businesses with the green designation are poised to better handle the recession and realize growing sales in the future.
Implementing sustainable business practices can reduce the amount of materials used and operational costs, thereby saving money. Plus, Green businesses help protect, … (14 comments)

clark county washington: Something New's Cooking in Clark County, WA Kitchens - 07/25/11 11:00 AM

Thanks to a Hazel Dell woman, something new's cooking in Clark County, Washington kitchens. Felicia Hill's son has a life-threatening peanut allergy, so when she couldn't find a bakery to guarantee a safe birthday cake for him, she made her own.

Hill took cake decorating classes and started experimenting with recipes for peanut, gluten and dairy free cakes. Soon, she was baking them for close friends and families. Her creative and colorful concoctions were so popular that she decided to try to make a little money on the side by selling them. 

However, she found … (8 comments)

clark county washington: Think before you Swim -Water Safety in Clark County, Washington - 07/23/11 11:52 AM
Think before you Swim.Hurray, the sun is finally shining!  Just remember to think before you swim in Clark County, Washington this weekend. Some lakes, rivers and streams are just too risky for swimming because of high water levels and swift currents. Parents especially need to remember there's no lifeguard on duty at most of our county swimming holes.

Tragedies can be avoided.Sadly, three people have drowned this year in Southwest Washington.  The most recent involved an 11 year old boy who dove into the water after a pop bottle. He was with similar aged friends at a popular area known … (6 comments)

clark county washington: Sending you Pacific Northwest Cool - 07/20/11 01:49 PM
Sending you Pacific Northwest Cool.

Much of the nation has been sweltering lately with high temperatures and sticky humidity.
That's not a problem in the Pacific Northwest this summer. In Clark County, Washington we've had abnormally cool weather and lots of cloudy days.
If you're suffering from the heat or humidity, please enjoy this 50 seconds of Pacific Northwest Cool.

clark county washington: In Clark County - It's the Berries if U-Pick! - 07/12/11 04:39 PM
In Clark County – It’s the Berries if U-Pick!
Brrr. It's been chilly.Okay, so we had some very cool weather in the Pacific Northwest (second wettest in history) and it seemed like summer would never come.  The wet and cold has delayed the cherry and strawberry harvests this year – but it’s not all bad. 
Life is just a bowl of Cherries.It created a perfect ripening season for cherries, which has actually produced sweeter fruit.  Which brought  to mind that song: “Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries”, which encourages you to not take things too seriously and … (5 comments)

clark county washington: Exploring Clark County with Mac & Me - The Vancouver Farmer's Market - 07/12/11 03:45 PM
Exploring Clark County With Mac & Me - The Vancouver Farmer’s Market We recently spent a Sunday morning at the Vancouver Farmer’s Market and wanted to share the experience with you. The Market is located on downtown Vancouver next to Esther Short Park. It’s normally crowded on the weekend, so bring your patience and some bottled water. It can get warm.
The colors, tastes and aromas are always heavenly, but especially this time of year at the Vancouver Farmer’s Market.  You’ll find the normal festival food - hot dogs, snow cones, popcorn and such. But there’s also freshly baked breads, … (10 comments)

clark county washington: Buying Local Strawberries in Clark County Washington - It's Strawberry Shortcake Time - 07/03/11 12:54 PM
Buying Strawberries in Clark County, Washington - It's Strawberry Shortcake Time!

Looking for local strawberries in Clark County Washington?   There are many area farms, stores or farmer's markets where you can find them, or if you prefer,  there's always the U-Pick farms. One of our favorite places to buy local Strawberries in Clark County, Washington is at the Vancouver Farmer's Market.
Currently, the Vancouver Farmer's Market  has fresh local strawberries for sale - and they are the first season's crop of June bearers, which produce the largest berries. In addition to being delicious,  Strawberries … (7 comments)

clark county washington: Lighting Up Fireworks in Clark County, Washington - Play by the rules - 06/28/11 11:55 AM
 Lighting up Fireworks in Clark County, Washington - Play by the rules If you’re planning on lighting up some fireworks in Clark County, Washington this week, you’d better play by the rules. The county has some pretty stringent guidelines. And since the legal week (June 28th - July 4th) to sell fireworks begins today, it’s important to know what you can legally use and when you’re allowed to shoot them off. Only common fireworks legal in the State of Washington may be possessed or discharged. Illegal fireworks include all firecrackers, salutes, chasers, skyrockets and bottle rockets. Although you can legally purchase … (6 comments)

clark county washington: Summer's here, and it's time to “Discover the Forest” - 06/21/11 10:39 AM
Summer's here, and it's time to “Discover the Forest,”  in Clark County, Washington - or anywhere your summer travels take you.

It can be a bit challenging to keep younger kids entertained during the summer months, especially, if your goal is to keep them thinking and learning too. But, a website called "Discover the Forest"" just might be your compass to unlimited kid friendly adventures - from Clark County, Washington and points beyond.

"Discover the Forest," is a beautiful and user friendly website that features an interactive map to help you find … (4 comments)

clark county washington: Vancouver USA Marathon - Get ready, get set... - 06/18/11 12:46 PM
Vancouver USA Marathon - Get ready, get set...
Nearly 3000 runners will lacing up their shoes tomorrow morning (Sunday, June 19th) in Clark County Washington for the FIRST Vancouver USA Marathon. The race gets underway at 7:00 AM at Esther Short Park. The marathon route is also a certified qualifier for the upcoming 2012 Boston Marathon. If you’ve got a “runner dad” in your family, this might be the perfect way to start his Father’s Day.
The approximately 26 mile course has been modified a bit due to the recent flooding along the Waterfront Renaissance Trail.  Runners now will … (7 comments)

clark county washington: Burgerville USA - 50 Year Celebration - 05/28/11 01:01 PM
 Burgerville – 50 Year Celebration of  Healthier and Greener Fast Food
One of the amenities of living in Clark County WA is the variety of restaurants that serve fresh, locally produced food.  But if you are on the run (and who isn’t?) and want fast food, you don’t have to settle for greasy, over-processed burgers and fries – you can head to a Burgerville.  A local institution since 1961, the company has grown from a single drive-in to 40 restaurants in the region.  The original premise was to always serve fresh food purchased from local dairies, farmers and businesses. … (3 comments)

clark county washington: Wet Weather in Clark County Washington. - 05/15/11 05:47 PM
We've sure had plenty of wet weather in Clark County, Washington this spring. No doubt that's the understatement of the year if you’ve been stuck anywhere in the Pacific Northwest without a break.Those webs on our hands and feet are going to be permanent if mother nature doesn’t let up soon? But, some are thriving. 
The slugs, moss and weeds are doing just fine, thank you. And that’s the problem, how do we deal with those annoyances without endangering our neighborhood kids and dogs, not to mention the wildlife? Fortunately, there are many “environmentally friendly remedies” for a lot … (7 comments)

clark county washington: Hummingbirds and Humans - A Great Relationship - 05/15/11 03:39 PM
Hummingbirds and humans have a great relationship. They provide us with hours of entertainment, and we often provide them with extra nectar. We see hummingbirds year round in Clark County Washington but recently, the activity has increased and soon all the “snowbird varieties” will be returning. Hummingbirds drink nectar to maintain their metabolism, (wings flap an average of 53 times per second), primarily from flowers and sugar - water filled feeders. They also eat soft bodied insects and spiders for protein–in fact, they are actually pretty effective bug eating machines. But they do need the nectar to provide the the power necessary … (4 comments)

clark county washington: Friends of Trees - 05/12/11 11:13 AM

Friends of Trees
As a little girl, one of my best friends was actually a tree – an evergreen we called “Old Faithful.”  For as long as I remember, he stood out there in the woods across from my house – tall, solid, majestic. At the base of his trunk my friends and I would play for hours.  There was even the occasional bird funeral, complete with solemn procession and a little eulogy as our giant comrade presided quietly over the proceedings.  On occasion I’d climb up, sit nestled in those big solid limbs and just marvel at nature … (4 comments)

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