Back Issues: April 3, 2017

Our Community Salutes April 20

Monday, April 3, 2017
2017-OCS-flyer-page-001-1-768x994The community will salute Clark County students headed for military service on Thursday, April 20, at the Union High School auditorium, 6201 NW Friberg-Strunk St. The sixth annual local event known as Our Community Salutes, recognizes high school seniors who plan to join the military after graduation. Larry Smith, co-chairman of the Community Military Appreciation Committee, will open the program. Other scheduled speakers include Schuyler Hoss, Southwest Washington representative for Governor Jay Inslee; Clark County Councilor John Blom; and John Deeder, superintendent of Evergreen Public Schools, which is hosting the event. The program will begin at 7 p.m. and includes the oath of enlistment. There will be a reception with cake and ice cream immediately following the ceremony.

17th annual Critter Count and Second Saturday events at the Water Center April 8

Monday, April 3, 2017

Rough-skinned newt

Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 8, when Vancouver’s Water Resources Education Center celebrates its 17th annual Critter Count by seeking and exploring a variety of critters. A live show with snakes, lizards and other reptiles follows in the afternoon at the Water Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way. Admission is free.

Critter Count begins at 9 a.m., with a brief training session conducted by a wildlife biologist. Participants will get a quick overview of the identification of local critters, then venture out to one of four sites to find and record them in their natural habitat. A wildlife expert and a site coordinator will be on hand to help. Training, field guidebooks, equipment, snacks, and water will be provided. All ages are welcome to participate, but children must be accompanied throughout the count by adults.

Critter fun continues in the afternoon at the Water Center, where visitors have an opportunity to get a close view of snakes, lizards and other reptiles. Creature Feature will present two live critter shows, starting at 1 p.m. and again at 2 p.m. Learn fascinating facts about reptiles and the challenges in bringing them home as pets. Find out how you can be a “herp hero” with simple actions that protect water and critters. Families are especially encouraged to join in this Earth month celebration. To learn more, click here.


Luau fundraiser for Columbia River High School Lacrosse Club April 22

Monday, April 3, 2017


1919102_107835519240888_6772188_nKick off your flip flops and pull on your favorite Hawaiian shirt for a Big Night Out – Luau Style, a fundraising event for the Columbia River High School Lacrosse Club. The party kicks off at 6 p.m., on Saturday, April 22, at the Water Resources Center in Vancouver. Festivities include dinner catered by Hula Boy, drinks, dessert dash, silent and live auctions, authentic Hawaiian music by “Kaloku’s Island Band,” (pictured left) and more.

Columbia River Lacrosse is a 501(C)3 volunteer-run organization for boys and girls from Columbia River, Hudson’s Bay, Prairie, Hockinson, Ft. Vancouver, King’s Way and Battle Ground schools.

Tickets to the luau are $38 each and include dinner and one drink of choice. Tickets for a table of eight are $300 and include a table tent with business or group name. Purchase tickets by Tuesday, April 18, by emailing



iQ Credit Union elect board members at annual meeting

Monday, April 3, 2017

Jim Askey


Jim Church


Evie Grendahl


Steve Porter








iQ Credit Union held its 76th Annual Meeting recently to present financial results for 2016, re-elect Board of Directors and honor past Board and Audit Committee members. Re-elected to the board for another three-year term are Jim Askey, Jim Church, Evie Grendahl and Steve Porter.

Ted Olsen, a long-time contributor to the Credit Union’s Supervisory and Audit Committees, recently retired from his volunteer service and was recognized for his thoughtful leadership. Olsen supported the safety and soundness of the Credit Union through his work and helped iQ grow to just over $900 million in assets. His committee work began in September 2005 and continued until his retirement in 2017.

The Credit Union paid tribute to Ed Maxwell, a former member of the Board of Directors who served from 2005-2016 and passed away in early January 2017. “We all miss his commitment and contributions, and continue to honor his legacy in the firm foundation he helped to create for iQ,” says Jim Sork, Board Chair. “He was a beloved educator and a community-minded member of our board, and served us faithfully for many years.” For more information, visit