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Morning Press: Waterfront fountain; Hidden Gardens closing; Fair through child’s eyes; Making a difference

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In case you missed them, here are some of the top stories from the weekend:

Vancouver’s waterfront fountain opens to public

The Columbia River water feature at the Waterfront Vancouver development is open to the public, just in time for passersby to cool their feet in the late-summer heat.

The piece, which mimics the topography of the Columbia River Basin, appeared mostly complete in June but remained cordoned off from the public behind a fence. That fence finally came down Friday morning.

Read the full story: Vancouver’s waterfront fountain opens to public

Sun sets on Hidden Gardens Nursery in Camas

For any longtime customers or new visitors planning a trip to Hidden Gardens Nursery in Camas, time is running out. The independent nursery — long a favorite destination for Clark County gardeners — is preparing to close for good after nearly 30 years in operation.

The nursery’s owner, John Mackay, says the closure is prompted by a mix of factors that he says made it too expensive to run the business, including rising taxes and municipal fees. The closure is still about two months away — Mackay says it’ll happen Nov. 1 at the latest — and visitors walking around the nursery this summer could be forgiven for thinking it’s business as usual.

Read the full story: Sun sets on Hidden Gardens Nursery in Camas

Clark County Fair through the eyes of a child

The smell of fried food tickles your nose upon entering the gates at the Clark County Fair. But you must wait because you’re encapsulated by the wondrous flashing colors, sounds of childish screams and heaps of metal twirling around. You feel the need to investigate.

The next thing you know, you’re soaring higher and faster than ever before. You feel like a superhero as the breeze smacks you in the face.

Read the full story: Clark County Fair through the eyes of a child

For Vancouver man, every day is a chance to make a difference

Charles Hanset has been sober since Father’s Day 2017. Around age 12, he began smoking marijuana. At 19 he was prescribed opioids for back and neck pain. After misusing the prescription, Hanset was cut off his pain medication plan, so he started using heroin. He’d overdosed several times: at Leverich Park; outside a convenience store; another time not long after his sister Sonya had died of a heroin overdose. Once he was saved because he fell on the horn button of a car and woke a woman sleeping nearby.

“Who gets this many damn chances?” Hanset would ask himself. Now, he lives a life that seems like it should no longer be, so he sees every day as a chance to help someone.

Read the full story: For Vancouver man, every day is a chance to make a difference


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