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 Winner of the 2008 Oregon Book Award to appear at Clark College's Columbia Writers Series

Penelope Scambly Schott

Penelope Scambly Schott will be the next guest speaker in Clark College’s Columbia Writers Series.  Schott will appear on Tuesday, May 11 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Penguin Student Lounge, located in Clark’s Penguin Union Building.  The event is free and open to the public. 

Schott is the author of a published novel, five chapbooks, and seven full-length books of poetry.  Her verse biography A Is for Anne: Mistress Hutchinson Disturbs the Commonwealth won the 2008 Oregon Book Award for poetry.  Her newest books are Six Lips and Under Taos Mountain: The Terrible Quarrel of Magpie and Tía. She has taught poetry workshops all over the country.

Clark College is located at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver.  Driving directions and parking maps are available at www.clark.edu/maps.  Information about the Columbia Writers Series is available at http://www.clark.edu/special/cws/.

Residents invited to participate in Community Views

To better prepare for the challenges ahead, the city of Vancouver is asking residents to participate, with a twist, in a "Community Views" meeting, starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 11. 

What's new about Tuesday's meeting is that residents will have two options for directly participating:

  • Come to the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, and be part of the full Community Views event.

  • Watch Community Views live on CVTV Channel 23, or streamed online at www.cvtv.org, and participate using your computer's Internet connection or a "smart" web-enabled cell phone.

The Community Views meeting on May 11 is one of the ways the city is reaching out to better understand the community's priorities and values as part of a bigger process known as Horizons. The Horizons process seeks to engage residents and businesses by offering a variety of opportunities to get information and offer input on priorities for facing the challenges ahead.

During the meeting at the Water Resources Center, participants will be polled on priorities and ideas using clicker keypads. The devices are designed to make offering your views easy, efficient and anonymous. To participate in person, please RSVP at events@ci.vancouver.wa.us or call 360-487-8611 by Monday, May 10, to ensure your seat.

There is no charge to log into the polling site May 11 and provide your views virtually, but participants are responsible for their own Internet access. For more information, please visit the website at www.cityofvancouver.us/horizons prior to the event.

Merrill joins the Phillips Group

Mike Merill

Mike Merrill, owner of Merrill Contractors, has joined The Phillips Group Inc., a commercial real estate brokerage in the Vancouver-Portland area.
As an agent, Merrill will integrate 40 years of commercial contracting experience with the brokerage expertise of The Phillips Group Inc. Clients can work with Merrill to purchase, lease, or integrate design and building plans to complete preliminary permitting, building or remodeling of a property. 

"By handling the entire process, I can help owners and investors make the best decisions in a challenging market," Merrill said today. "My goal is to provide seamless services that will streamline project management and maximize the return on investment."
Merrill is the commercial Realtor with the expertise of a builder. He is a green building LEED Accredited Professional (AP) and is a candidate for the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation. 
For more information, please contact Merrill at 360-607-3014 or mikemerrill175@gmail.com.

Clark College trustee wins state award

Addison Jacobs

Clark College Trustee Addison Jacobs will receive the Trustees Association of Community and Technical Colleges (TACTC) Award for Leadership during the 2010 TACTC Spring Conference in Wenatchee on May 20-21.

Jacobs, who is the public affairs Director for the Port of Vancouver, joined the Clark College Board of Trustees in 2000.  She current serves as board chair. 

During the time that Jacobs has served on the board of trustees, Clark College became the second largest community-technical college in the state with new facilities at Columbia Tech Center and WSU Vancouver as well as growth at its main campus in Vancouver’s Central Park. 

"Addison Jacobs is a consummate professional.  Her dedication to the mission of Clark College over the past ten years is unequaled," Clark College President Robert K. Knight said last week when the award was announced. "Clark College and its students have benefited immensely because of her leadership."

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News Briefs

  • Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation just released a new publication called the "Discovery Guide." The guide includes maps and offers information about free or low-cost parks and recreation in Clark County. The new guides are available for free at the following locations: Firstenburg Community Center, 700 N.E. 136th Ave.; Marshall Community Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd.; Vancouver Tennis Center, corner of 18th and Stapleton Road; Esther Short Building, 610 Esther St.; Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.

  • Is traffic too fast in your neighborhood? The City of Vancouver is offering three free "safe streets" clinics to teach the public about calming traffic on its way through their areas. The first is Tuesday, May 18, at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall. Visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/News.asp?submenuID=16578&Id=74049 for details.

  • In response to the changing economic trends and the needs of employers, Clark College will host Career Days 2010 on May 4, 5 and 6 at the college’s main campus. Career Days will combine the most successful elements of the former Pathways Career Information and Job Fair in a multi-day format. For more information, visit,     www.clark.edu/cc/careerdays.

  • The Clark County Board of Health is seeking applicants to fill a youth representative vacancy on the Clark County Public Health Advisory Council.  The vacancy is open to representatives of the Clark County Youth Commission and Clark County Youth House as well as students from local high schools and colleges.  The youth selected will fill an unexpired term that ends Sept. 30, 2011. The council is a direct link between the Clark County Board of Health and the community at large. The panel focuses on public health issues such as access to care, health disparities, obesity, sustainability/food system, violence prevention, climate change and healthy growth. To be considered, applicants must submit a resume and/or letter of interest to Jennifer Clark, Board of County Commissioners, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA  98666-5000. The Board also will accept applications faxed to 360-397-6058 or emailed to jennifer.clark@clark.wa.gov. Deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, May 14. 

  • Tickets are still available for the Thursday, May 20 Marshall Lecture, featuring Jon Jarvis, director of the National Park Service. The Marshall Lecture is the cornerstone of the Fort Vancouver National Trust’s Celebrate Freedom programs. This is a free public event, but tickets are required. The lecture is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Hudson’s Bay High School, 1206 East Reserve Street, Vancouver. Print free tickets on the Trust’s website at www.FortVan.org/pages/Marshall_Lecture or call the Trust office at 360-992-1800.


  • Clark County Public Works and Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation will host an open house about the Hazel Dell sports fields project from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on tonight, Thursday, May 6, in the conference room at Clark Regional Wastewater District, 8000 NE 52nd Court, Vancouver.

  • Leadership Clark County will offer “Leadership  &  Emotional Intelligence, An Exploration,” from 4:30 to 7:45 p.m. today, Thursday, May 6, in the hearing room at the Clark County Public Services Center, 1300 Franklin Street, downtown Vancouver, 6th Floor. A suggested donation of $10 will be requested. Professional trainer Mark Sills will lead the presentation. Event is open to all LCC alumni, current class, sponsors, and friends. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP to Kathy Scott
    Director@LeadershipClarkCounty.com or 360-567-1085.

  • Southwest Washington Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing  will host a Grand Opening and 20th Anniversary Ceremony from 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 7 at 301 SE Hearthwood in Vancouver.  For additional information, contact Daryl Schriner at 360-263-3396.

  • The Friends of The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra present a lecture by Dr. Melissa Brotons, entitled "Music for Health and Education," on the different applications of music therapy, in education, medicine, mental health and gerontology. The lecture is at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 27, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Vancouver, 4505 E. 18th Street in Vancouver. A $10 donation per person is suggested. Proceeds from the event go to funding the symphony's concert season and music education programs in Southwest Washington. 

Thursday on the air

City/County Telecommunications Commission (5-5) — 6 p.m. CVTV 23

Forgotten Children: Partner with Us to Remember (4-23) — 8:30 p.m. CVTV 23

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Duggan Schlotfeldt & Welch PLLC, 699-1201
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Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, Lisa Lowe, 694-7551
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Boyd Coffee Company, Coffee, tea and food service solutions since 1900. (503) 666-4545
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HDJ Design Group, PLLC, Gregory P. Jellison P.E. 695-3488

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Daniel Lee PHD, CFRE, CFP, ChFC, CAP, Clark College Foundation, (360) 992-2542
Sarah Nevue, The Community Foundation, (360) 694-2550
Jean Rahn, SWMC Foundation, (360) 514-3670
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Security Signs, Designed to inform and sell! Carol Keljo, 433-2321
Vancouver Sign Group, lighting up Business since 1923! 693-4773
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