Back Issues: April 12th, 2017
This April, the Vancouver Fire Department celebrates 150 years of service to the community. To commemorate this landmark year, a mural by local artist Guy Drennan will be painted on the north wall of the Walgreen’s Pharmacy building, 2515 Main St.
The Vancouver Fire Department is one of the oldest in Washington, preceding cities such as Seattle, Tacoma and Spokane. The department was formed in response to a major fire in the summer of 1866, which destroyed eight closely located wooden buildings on a downtown city block. On April 1, 1867, the city consolidated three local fire companies to establish a department.
Fire Stations 1 and 2, anticipated to open fall 2017, will improve response times, as well as maximize the efficiency of coverage from all four stations in the southwest part of the city. Fire Station 2, currently located at 400 W 37th St., is being relocated to E Norris Rd., just south of E Fourth Plain Blvd. Fire Station 1, currently located at 900 W Evergreen Blvd., is being relocated to 2607 Main St. on the northeast corner of E Fourth Plain Blvd.
Follow the Fire Department’s Facebook page at www.facebooks.com/vancouverUSFire for a photographic history of the department through April 30. Learn more about the history of the Vancouver Fire Department at http://www.cityofvancouver.us/fire/page/history.
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) will be hosting the third annual Beeping Easter Egg Hunt for children who are visually impaired. The event begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 15, at the Washington School for the Blind, Old Main Building, 2214 E 13th St. Highlights include a visit with the Easter Bunny, a beeping Easter egg hunt, and tandem cycling. All families with a child who has a visual impairment are welcome. The event is free to all participants, but registration is required. For more information and to register, visit www.nwaba.org or call 360-448-7254.
The Port of Vancouver USA received its seventh consecutive clean audit from the Washington State Auditor’s Office (SAO) on April 6. The audit period was from Jan. 1, 2016, through Dec. 31, 2016. No deficiencies were found. The SAO audits ports across Washington state each year, examining a wide range of programs and processes. At the Port of Vancouver, the SAO focused on marine terminal revenue, cash receipts, procurement and contract compliance, disbursements, promotional hosting and payroll in 2016. Click to read the port’s 2016 Accountability Audit Report and Audited Financial Statements. The port will hold an audit workshop at the regularly scheduled Board of Commissioners meeting on April 25.
The Woodland Tulip Festival, hosted by Holland America Bulb Farms, is open to visitors on weekends beginning Saturday, Apr. 15, through Sunday, Apr. 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guests can tour display gardens and tulip fields featuring hundreds of varieties, as well as enjoy live music and purchase refreshments. A “U-pick” field is also available daily through the month of April.
Additional activities include: a youth photography contest, vendors market, art show, cutest baby contest, face painting, gift shop and more. There is no cost to attend the festival and parking is free. The festival is located at 1066 S. Pekin Rd. in Woodland. For further details, visit www.lewisriver.com/tulipfestival.
Founders Benno and Klazina Dobbe have grown Holland America Bulb Farms into a large operation with 175 acres in Woodland and an additional 60 acres in Arroyo Grande, CA, selling bulbs, cut-flowers and greens to all 50 states. For more information, click here.