Scott Campbell announces run for Vancouver City Council, kickoff celebration May 4

by DIwpBacon on April 21, 2017

Scott Campbell

Scott Campbell announced today his candidacy for Vancouver City Council, Position 1. Campbell has been a Vancouver resident since 1985, serves on many community nonprofit boards, and works as Governmental and Community Affairs Manager for Waste Connections.

Campbell has more than 22 years of solid waste and recycling experience, as well as 12 years of industrial construction management. He is a past five-term president of the Washington State Recycling Association, and currently serves as a member of the board. Campbell is also a member and active with the Washington Refuse and Recycling Association, Association of Oregon Recyclers, and the Oregon Refuse and Recycling Association.

In addition to his extensive professional experience, Campbell is a recognized community leader who supports organizations that improve overall quality of life, specifically in areas of youth, education, elderly, veterans, and the environment. Some of the organizations he works with include: the YMCA, Parks Foundation of Clark County, SW WA Contractors Association, Veterans Therapeutic Court, Fort Vancouver National Trust, NW Association of Blind Athletes, and Camas-Washougal Rotary.

A “Game Changer” kickoff celebration is slated for Thursday, May 4, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Main Event East. All are welcome to attend the event to meet the candidate and learn more. For more details visit www.VoteScottCampbell.com or  www.Facebook.com/VoteScottCampbell.





Annual Spring Clean-up and Planting Day in downtown Camas April 23

by DIwpBacon on April 21, 2017


On Sunday, April 23, from 1 to 4 p.m., Downtown Camas will be spruced up for spring with cleaning, weeding, and flower planting. The Downtown Camas Association (DCA) invites community members to come share in this annual grass roots effort. Journey Community Church will provide a grilled burger lunch for volunteers at 12:30 p.m.

In honor of Earth Day, which was started by Camas native Denis Hayes, the Downtown Camas Association, volunteers, local students, Journey Church, City of Camas staff, and other community members will help with sidewalk and landscape bed clean-up, weeding, planting, and bark dust spreading.

Volunteers will meet in front of Journey at Fourth & Birch Streets to sign in. All ages are welcome. Bring shovels, spades, buckets, wheelbarrows and garden gloves. Wheelbarrows are especially needed. Garbage bags and rubber gloves are provided for litter pick up.

For more information, visit http://downtowncamas.com/events-and-festivals/spring-planting-day-in-downtown-camas/. Youth organizations wanting to volunteer, can contact Jan Carter at events@downtowncamas.com.




Columbia Credit Union welcomes Allan Siegel as senior VP and chief financial officer

Allan Siegel named SVP CFO at Columbia CU Photo

Allan Siegel

columbia-creditColumbia Credit Union welcomes Allan Siegel as senior vice president and chief financial officer effective March 22. In this position, Siegel will oversee the credit union’s financial-related activities and provide leadership in the areas of accounting, finance, forecasting, credit administration and strategic planning.

“Allan is a great addition to our executive team,” says Columbia Credit Union President and CEO Steve Kenny. “He is an accomplished CFO and financial manager who has diverse experience in mission-critical banking functions. We are proud to have him join us at Columbia Credit Union.”

Siegel holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Dartmouth College and has worked in the banking industry in management positions for more than 35 years. He most recently served as executive vice present and director of strategic risk initiatives for IBERIABANK and was executive vice president and chief financial officer for Georgia Commerce Bank.


Cat adoption event and book signing April 29


Woodin’ You Pampered Paws, a pet supply store in Salmon Creek is hosting a Furry Friends cat adoption event and book signing on Saturday, April 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local author Ramona Marek will be selling signed copies of her latest book, Cats for the Genius, and Furry Friends will be on hand with a selection of cats available for adoption.

Marek, MS Ed. is an author, freelance writer, and contributing writer. Her work has been printed in numerous national and international print and digital magazines. Whether you are newly “kitten smitten” or a seasoned feline aficionado, Cats for the Genius shows you how to build the foundation of a long, healthy, happy relationship between you and your cat.

Woodin’ You Pampered Paws is located in the Center Square shopping center in Salmon Creek, at 13305 NE Hwy 99, #102, Vancouver. Furry Friends is a nonprofit no-kill cat shelter and adoption organization. To learn more, visit www.furryfriends.org.


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  • Evergreen Public Schools hosts Community Tour May 4, RSVP by April 27

    EPSEvergreen Public Schools will host another Community Tour on Thursday, May 4. Tours include visits to a middle school, elementary school, high school and one program at Cascadia Tech Academy (formerly known as the Clark County Skills Center). Tours begin at 8 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. Lunch and transportation are free of charge. The tour begins at Cascadia Tech Academy, located at 12200 NE 28 St., and attendees are bussed to each school. The tour will include classroom visits and the opportunity to see education in action. Specific schools on the tour include Covington, Orchards, and Heritage. Tourists are asked to RSVP by April 27. For more information and to register, visit  www.evergreenps.org or contact Community Relations at 360-604-4088. Questions can also be directed to Machelle Gurnsey at 360-604-4088.

  • Mandaue Children’s Choir performs April 22

    mandaue-childrens-choir-in-dumaguete The Filipino-American Association of Vancouver presents a special concert appearance by the Mandaue Children’s Choir this Saturday, April 22, at 4 p.m. This multi-award-winning children’s choir is based in Cebu, Philippines, and is led by musical director, Maestro Dennis Gregory A. Sugarol. The concert will be held at the Fort Vancouver High School Center for International Studies, 5700 E 18th St. General admission tickets are $15. Front row seat tickets are $50. For more information, email FAACCV@hotmail.com, call 360-574-6275 or visit www.filamvancouver.org.

  • Increased DUI enforcement in SW Washington tonight

    thumb_DUI_Ad_500x500This evening, Friday, April 21, thanks to a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, the Vancouver and Battle Ground Police Departments will have additional officers out enforcing DUI laws in an effort to keep drunk, drugged and high drivers off the road. Officers, who are also drug recognition experts, will be among those conducting these increased DUI patrols. If you or someone you care about will be out drinking or consuming other intoxicants, make sure to select a sober designated driver, or use mass transit, taxis, or a rideshare service to get around town. As a reminder, Uber is offering first time users a special coupon code for $25 toward their first trip. Sign up for the Uber coupon code: RIDEHOMEVANC at https://get.uber.com/go/ridehomevanc.

  • Washougal Arts and Culture Alliance announces 2017 poster art winner

    ??????????????????????????????????The Washougal Arts and Culture Alliance (WACA) has chosen its art for the 2017 Washougal Art Festival poster. A multimedia work by artist Cyndee Starr of the iconic view of replica canoes at Captain William Clark Park will be prominently displayed on the poster. The second annual event will take place on Saturday, August 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Reflection Plaza in downtown Washougal. WACA is currently calling for artists to participate in the 2017 festival. Any visual artists who are actively producing and exhibiting their work to sell are welcome. Entries will be juried based on originality, creativity, craftsmanship, and professionalism. Festival and entry information is availableat www.washougalarts.org. The entry deadline is May 1.

  • Clark College hosts Celebración de Mi Gente April 28

    websiteBanner_latino17-FBOn Friday, April 28, from 5 to 8 p.m., Clark College invites the community to participate in an evening of free, family-friendly activities that celebrate both Latino culture and the value of literacy. “Celebración de Mi Gente: El Día del Niño/El Día del Libro” (“Celebration of My People: Day of the Child/Day of the Book”) is an annual event hosted by the college. It is always held on or near the Mexican holiday of Día del Niño (April 30), which is also celebrated as Día del Libro by the American Library Association. The festival will feature interactive performances and activities, dancing, face-painting, bilingual games, crafts, and delicious snacks. Clark College’s mascot, Oswald the Penguin, will be on hand for photos with visiting children.

  • Lewis River Rotary Club to dedicate Peace Poles April 21

    PeacePole_0021The Lewis River Rotary Club of Battle Ground, along with the Jubitz Family Foundation, will dedicate three “Peace Poles” today, April 21. This coincides with other Rotary clubs planting over 130 Peace Poles around Rotary District 5100. Poles will be placed at the Battle Ground Library, the Wildlife Botanical Gardens on CASEE’s campus, and at RockSolid Teen Center in Brush Prairie. The first Peace Pole was planted in Japan by Masahisa Goi in the mid-1950s. Mr. Goi, whose family was greatly affected by World War II, dedicated his life to spreading the message, “May peace prevail on Earth.” Today, there are over 200,000 others installed worldwide.

  • Ronald McDonald House Charities Stronger Together 5K Walk, Run & Roll this Sunday

    Walk_NewLogo_VANCOUVERThe Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Stronger Together 5K Walk, Run & Roll is this Sunday, April 23, at Esther Short Park. The region-wide event is where RMHC supporters join forces to walk, run and roll to support families staying at local Ronald McDonald Houses. In 2016, the inaugural Stronger Together Walk raised more than $100,000 and engaged over 1,000 supporters in three cities. Registration opens at 9 a.m. The Fun Run starts at 10 a.m., and the Walk & Roll starts at 10:20 a.m. For more information and to register, visit http://rmhcoregon.org/events/stronger-together-5k/ and click on the “Vancouver” tab.

  • Port Lecture Series continues April 27

    group shot small fileThe public is invited to the next installment of the Port Lecture Series on Thursday, April 27. The CEO’s of Clark County’s three public ports will share what is unique about their operations and how their ports help bring jobs and economic prosperity to the region. They will also provide updates on interesting projects, including the Washougal Waterfront Vison and Master Plan; the Port of Ridgefield’s Discovery Corridor and development of dark fiber infrastructure; and the Port of Vancouver’s Terminal 1 waterfront redevelopment. The lecture is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Terminal 1 large conference room, 100 Columbia St. Click here for the full story.

  • “Walk with a Doc” to celebrate National ParkRx Day April 22

    IMG_1653Fort Vancouver National Historic Site has partnered with Kaiser Permanente to host a walk along the Spruce Mill Trail with a doctor and park ranger from 1 to 2 p.m. this Saturday, April 22. Participants can learn about Fort Vancouver’s Park Prescription Program (ParkRx), which encourages visitors to utilize the park’s trails as a means to a healthier lifestyle. National park rangers will also discuss the site’s World War I history in honor of this year’s centennial commemorations of the United States’ entry into the war. Admission is free, family-friendly, and no registration is necessary. ParkRx trail maps are also available as a PDF at https://www.nps.gov/fova/planyourvisit/parkrx.htm.

  • Book launch celebration for local poet Herb Stokes this Saturday

    7962141-a34fea2f5e1424e9769f8c1ca454648bA book launch celebration for A Chorus of One: Selected Poetry and Prose by Herb Stokes, edited by Annie Davern will be held at Angst Gallery this Saturday, April 22. This event is presented by Printed Matter Vancouver founders Toni Partington and Christopher Luna. Partington and Luna also co-host Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic, the popular monthly poetry series in which Stokes has been a regular participant for many years. “Herb Stokes is an essential member of the Vancouver poetry community,” says Luna. “His sharp wit and ability to get to the heart of the matter while remaining compassionate is a marvel to behold. When Herb steps to the mic, the entire room lights up, and everyone knows that they’re about to witness something special. I can’t imagine the Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic without him.” Learn more about the event at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1181107555339723/.

  • 18th annual StreamTeam Earth Day Fest April 22

    earth-day-fest-imageClark Public Utilities’ StreamTeam is hosting its annual Earth Day Celebration Saturday, April 22, in partnership with Clark County. The 18th annual Earth Day Fest will be held at Salmon Creek Regional Park with activities for the whole family. The family-friendly event, open to the public, is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with fun and educational activities for all-ages. There will be prizes, a birds of prey and reptile demonstrations, OMSI science festival activities, an interactive juggling act and more. Kids are also welcome to take part in a nature walk where wild salmon will be released into Salmon Creek. In addition to the fest, hundreds of volunteers will pitch in from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to plant native trees. Click here for the full story.

  • Learn about online public school options at a “Speed-Friending” meet and greet April 22

    17388794_10154299141516921_6816397374855538062_oK12 schools in Washington and Oregon are excited to invite prospective and enrolled students and families to play the game of  ”Speed-Friending.” This meet-and-greet game allows kids of all ages to meet new friends with similar interests and play games throughout the afternoon, including a STEM project with a coding keychain to take home. Faculty and staff will be on hand to answer questions about tuition-free, online public school options in the area. The event is Saturday, April 22, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St. For more information and to register, visit http://my.info.k12.com/WAInPerson20170422-Vancouver_01RegistrationLP.html.

  • Chief Redheart Memorial Ceremony April 22

    chief_redheart_ceremonyMembers of the Nez Perce Indian Nation will present their traditional Memorial Ceremony at Fort Vancouver Saturday, April 22. The nearly three-hour ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. across Fifth St. from the fort. It is free to the public, although donations are welcome. The ceremony pays tribute to tribal ideals, honors tribal ancestors and helps to heal old wounds. Ceremonial activities include singing, speeches, a Riderless Horse (empty-saddle) ceremony and a traditional passing of the peace pipe. Visitors should bring blankets or lawn chairs. Click here for the full story.

  • VSO Young Artists Performance April 22 and 23

    April2017ConcertThe Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) continues its 38th season with a concert that features the talents of the three gold medalists of the 23rd annual Young Artists Competition. The concerts on Saturday, April 22, at 3 p.m., and Sunday, April 23, at 7 p.m., will begin with the charming Lyric Suite by Edvard Grieg, and will also feature Ottorino Respighi’s monumental Pines of Rome. These masterworks will frame the performances by the three Young Artists winners: Ashley Teng (flute), Symphony Koss (violin), Trevor Natiuk (piano). Click here for the full story.