Back Issues: May 10, 2017

Open House to show progress on 1912 Curtiss Pusher Replica Project May 13

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

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Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will host an open house for the 1912 Curtiss Pusher Replica Project this Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the progress made so far, learn about the methods and materials used to recreate this historic aircraft, and talk with National Park Service volunteers and staff about the project.

Over the past year, a skilled crew of National Park Service volunteers have been building a full size replica of Silas Christofferson’s 1912 Curtiss Pusher, utilizing copies of original Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company plans, period articles on airplane construction, and photographs of Silas Christofferson’s 1912 airplane.

Christofferson’s Pusher was used on demonstration flights from the Vancouver Barracks Polo Grounds in 1912, and was famously flown off the roof of Portland’s Multnomah Hotel in June 1912, to land at Vancouver Barracks. Materials identical to those used in the construction of the original aircraft, such as Sitka spruce, bamboo, steel tubes, and cotton fabric, are being utilized, along with some period construction techniques.

“The Curtiss Pusher was the first mass produced airplane in history, and from 1910 to 1913, was the predominant airplane design around the world,” says Chief of Interpretation Bob Cromwell. “We are rediscovering century-old techniques used by the earliest aviation pioneers in an effort to recreate as accurate a replica as possible, for permanent exhibit at Pearson Air Museum.”

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Commissioner Parcher to be sworn in Tuesday succeeding Judge Schreiber

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

parcherDistrict Court Commissioner Kristen Parcher will be sworn in as Clark County’s newest judge at 4 p.m., Tuesday, May 16, in Department 10 of the Clark County Courthouse. The Clark County Council last week selected Commissioner Parcher to succeed District Court Judge Vernon L. Schreiber, who died April 25, after a short illness. He was 74. A Brush Prairie resident, Commissioner Parcher worked as a civil attorney and criminal defense attorney in Vancouver before being appointed a court commissioner six years ago. A supporter of Clark County’s therapeutic courts, her duties include involvement in Mental Health Court, Substance Abuse Court and Veterans Court. She earned her law degree at the University of Oregon School of Law, and she is a graduate of Washington State University.

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Columbia Collective host Vancouver Night Market tonight

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

18238038_638185886378126_6441252901559544113_oThe Columbia Collective is celebrating Small Business Month by bringing in makers & small businesses from the area to show their work and sell their goods. The event is just in time for Mother’s Day, this evening, Friday, May 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. Columbia Collective is the only co-working space to offer such a range of benefits in the city. Open-space working areas include  private offices, conference rooms, meeting rooms, high-speed internet, 24/7 access, kegerator, premium coffee, and the choice of dedicated or flexible desks. Vendors interested in getting a table and email olga@columbiacollective.com. Find further details on Facebook, here.

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Science on Tap this evening

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Excited girls using chemistry set together in elementary science classroom

Science on Tap returns to Kiggins Theatre this evening, Wednesday, May 10Dr. Brandy Todd, also known as Eugene SLUG Queen Professor Doctor Mildred Slugwak Dresselhaus, Director of the Science Program to Inspire Creativity and Excellence (SPICE) has spent the last 10 years researching and implementing engaging, hands-on science with girls.

Studies show that girls are excelling in math and science, and registering for more high school science classes than ever before, but ultimately don’t choose careers in science. At this Science on Tap, Dr. Todd will dive deep into the obstacles girl scientists face and share what parents, teachers, and allies can do to support budding girl scientists.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Science on Tap at the Kiggins is produced in partnership with Washington State University Vancouver. Tickets can be purchased in advance online for $8 or at the door for $10. Beer, wine, popcorn, pizza and snacks will be available. For more information, visit http://www.viaproductions.org.

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