Back Issues: 2017
The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) has expanded their red coat Ambassador team to include Erik Morton, a dedicated family man who has made Vancouver his home after living all over the United States. Morton will help the GVCC by representing the business community at groundbreakings, ribbon cuttings, networking events, and workshops. This high-profile responsibility is shared with 22 other member business owners and representatives, across a variety of industries that make up the GVCC’s 1,100 business membership base. To learn more about the chamber, visit www.vancouverusa.com.
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site has received one of three 2017 Valerie Sivinski Awards for Outstanding Historic Building Rehabilitation for its work on the rehabilitation of Vancouver Barracks Building 987. This award is given annually by the Washington State Historic Preservation Office as a recognition of achievement in historic preservation through outstanding rehabilitations of historic buildings and structures. In 2016, the National Park Service successfully rehabilitated the hundred-year-old double infantry barracks building. Before the rehabilitation, Building 987 had asbestos and lead paint issues, as well as an array of maintenance and structural problems. The $11 million project revitalized the building with new tin ceiling tiles, newly painted interior and exterior, stripped and repainted porch columns, and resurfaced and sanded original wood floors.
NatureScaping is offering trees, shrubs, and perennials at its annual plant sale Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30. Prices start at only $10, $5, and $1 respectively. There will also be Mason Bee cocoons and garden photos available for purchase.
This is the organization’s largest fundraiser, held in cooperation with students from the adjacent CASEE Center who will be selling native landscaping plants. Quantities of the most popular varieties will be limited, but members of NatureScaping get the best selection early on April 29, at 9 a.m. Membership is only $20 and can be purchased on site.
The sale runs from 10 a.m to 3 p.m., both days at the Wildlife Botanical Gardens located at 11000 NE 149th St., Brush Prairie. NatureScaping will also have people on hand during the sale to answer any questions and to assist in loading plants. For more information, including a list of plants available at the sale, visit www.naturescaping.org.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee will celebrate his signing of SB 5481 in a ceremony at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center on Tuesday May 2. SB 5481 authorizes enhanced education for breast cancer patients about the availability of insurance coverage for breast reconstruction and breast prostheses. Bill sponsors include Washington state senators Annette Cleveland and Ann Rivers.
The celebration will be attended by numerous supporters, including breast cancer patients, survivors, and members of the non-profit breast cancer advocacy group “Pink Lemonade Project.”
The bill celebration event is scheduled to begin at 2:45 p.m., with the formal presentation set for 3 p.m. in the Firstenburg Tower lobby at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, located at 400 NE Mother Joseph Place in Vancouver. The celebration is open to the public.