Back Issues: March 3, 2017

First Friday Art Walk in downtown Vancouver tonight

Friday, March 3, 2017

Photo courtesy of Love Potion Magickal Perfumerie

It’s First Friday Artwalk in downtown Vancouver tonight, Mar. 3. Shops and galleries will stay open late and many will offer sales, samples, light appetizers, music, and wine tastings. A few highlights this month include:

First Fridays are presented by Vancouver’s Downtown Association. For more information and to download the Hotsheet for March, click here.


2017 Marshall Adult & Youth Leadership Award nominees announced

Friday, March 3, 2017

Nominees are pictured with Mayor Leavitt. From left to right: Bradley Richardson, Whitney McMillin, Sean Philbrook, Jenny Thompson, Mayor Leavitt, Katie Archer, Alex Major, and Michael Pond. Max Ault not pictured.

Eight Clark County residents have been nominated for the General George C. Marshall Adult Leadership Award, and 22 Clark County high school seniors have been nominated for the General George C. Marshall Youth Leadership Award. Nominees for the 2017 General George C. Marshall Adult Leadership Award are:

Katie Archer, Archer Public Affairs
D. Max Ault, Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC)
Alex Major, Army National Guard – EHS DECA
Whitney McMillin, Area Agency on Aging & Disabilities of SW WA
Sean Philbrook, Identity Clark County
Michael Pond, Young Democrats of Clark County
Bradley Richardson, Clark County Historical Museum
Jenny Thompson, Police Activities League

The two 2017 award recipients will be announced at a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Mar. 22, at the Providence Academy. Keynote speaker for the event is Washington Lieutenant Governor, Cyrus Habib. For more information, including the Youth Leadership nominees, visit


VPS announces additions to board, welcomes Encore Fellow

Friday, March 3, 2017
The Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools (VPS) announces additions to its board of directors for 2016/2017 and welcomes an Encore Fellow to its staff. Joining the board of directors are:
    • Nichoel Casey, Assistant Vice President, Risk Consultation and Compliance Officer, Umpqua Bank
    •  Felisciana Peralta, Adjunct Professor and Director of Student Inclusion and Equity Services, Clark College
    •  Marla Rapp, community member

Beginning terms as ex-officio officers are:

  • Anita Chase, Associate Principal, Lieser Campus
  • Michelle Giovannozzi, Vice President, Vancouver Public Schools Board of Directors
  • Heather Lindberg, President, Vancouver PTA Council
  • Mark Stoker, Director, Vancouver Public Schools Board of Directors
In September 2016, Floyd Walker III joined the staff of the foundation as an Encore Fellow. The Encore program, administered through the Portland office of Social Venture Partners, matches seasoned professionals with local non-profits for a 1,000-hour project along with a stipend. Walker’s former employer, Intel, covers the stipend. He is working with the foundation to improve the quality and accessibility of data for reporting and analysis. A complete list of Foundation for VPS directors and staff can be found at

Nonprofit dental clinic to close in Vancouver

Friday, March 3, 2017

IMG-20160426-C850-LogoThe New Day Community Dental Clinic nonprofit will be closing operations in March, after seven years of serving low-to-moderate income patients in east Vancouver. Declines in Medicaid reimbursement rates make closure a necessity as fees-for-services have not covered expenses for some time, and financial reserves are depleted. During seven years of operations, over 10,000 patients have been treated to regain functional oral health, regardless of their ability to pay or arrange reimbursement. Different strategies have been implemented to increase earned revenue, but none created a stable source of revenue. The clinic will begin to wind down and treat as many patients as it can by Friday, Mar. 10. Patients of record are being contacted and are encouraged to check the clinic website for updates and more information.