Back Issues: November 10, 2017

Vancouver’s annual Korey’s Joy Drive kicks off Monday

Friday, November 10, 2017

The City of Vancouver invites the community to support the third annual Korey’s Joy Drive, a toy drive in memory of Korey Cochran, a city employee, who passed away this year at age 38 from a rare form of brain cancer. The city will collect new, unwrapped toys from Nov. 13 through Dec. 11, at any of the following locations:

* All IQ Credit Union branch locations
* Vancouver City Hall lobby: 415 W Sixth St.
* Firstenburg Community Center front desk: 700 NE 136th Ave.
* Marshall Community Center: 1009 E McLoughlin Blvd.
* Vancouver Tennis Center: 5300 E 18th St.
* Water Resources Education Center: 4600 SE Columbia Way
* Vancouver Police West Precinct: 2800 NE Stapleton Rd.
* Vancouver Police East Precinct: 520 SE 155th Ave.
* Vancouver Fire Station 5: 7110 NE 63rd St.
* Operations Center: 2323 Anderson Rd.
* Clark County Public Service Center 5th floor IT Department: 1300 Franklin St.
* Bridge Chiropractic: 7317 E Mill Plain Blvd.
* The Beauty Box Salon & Spa: 11215 NE 28th St., Ste. 2 in Portland
* Marquam: 811 SW Naito Parkway, Ste. 600 in Portland

All donations will be delivered to Randall Children’s Hospital and Open House Ministries the week of Dec 18. “Korey was a wonderful man, committed husband and father. He worked for the City of Vancouver for more than ten years.” says Katherine Nye, IT Technical Services Manager and Korey’s former supervisor at the City of Vancouver. “Korey’s Joy Drive is the dity’s way of remembering Korey. Together, with community support, we will bring a joyful and memorable Christmas to so many deserving families in our community.”

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Wells Fargo and Military Warriors Support Foundation to donate a mortgage free home to veteran Nov. 11

Friday, November 10, 2017

Wells Fargo and Military Warriors Support Foundation (MWSF) will present the deed to a mortgage-free, three-bedroom townhouse in Washington to a retired decorated army veteran who was wounded in Iraq on Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov. 11. Wells Fargo executives will present a framed deed and a large ceremonial house key to Retired U.S. Army Specialist Marcos Garcia. Since 2012, Wells Fargo has donated more than 350 homes, valued at more than $55 million, to veterans in all 50 states, including Washington. In addition, MWSF provides its home recipients with three years of family and financial mentoring. The brief ceremony takes place at 10:45 a.m, just before the start of the 31st annual Veterans Parade, at the intersection of Evergreen Blvd. and E Reserve St.

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Kathy Gillespie retires from VPS board, reception Nov. 13

Friday, November 10, 2017

After eight years, Kathy Gillespie is retiring from Vancouver Public Schools Board of Directors. Her last meeting as a board member will be Nov. 28. Gillespie already had a long record of educational involvement upon her initial election in 2009. Her work in Vancouver schools included volunteering, school improvement planning, parent advisory councils and development of the district’s Design II strategic plan.

The district saw many achievements during Gillespie’s board tenure. Its maintenance and operations levy was renewed three times. Voters said “yes” to a 2013 technology levy and a 2017 bond measure. VPS won three national Magna Awards from the National School Boards Association for removing barriers to learning through community school partnerships and easing the transition to school for kindergartners.

Twice the board earned recognition as the Washington State School Directors’ Association Board of the Year. It received a Special Merit Award in 2013 after five consecutive years as a Board of Distinction.

VPS will host a reception in Gillespie’s honor on Monday, Nov. 13, from 4 to 6 p.m. The celebration will be held at the Bates Center for Educational Leadership, 2921 Falk Rd. Everyone is welcome.

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Free admission for veterans this weekend at Oregon Historical Society

Friday, November 10, 2017

High Hopes: The Journey of John F. Kennedy, a centennial exhibition on America’s 35th president, is nearing its final days on display at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland. This original exhibition, featuring artifacts that can only be seen in Portland, closes on Sunday, Nov. 12. In honor of Veteran’s Day, all veterans, active duty military, and their families will be admitted free all weekend beginning today, Friday, Nov. 10, through Sunday, Nov. 12. The Oregon Historical Society is located at 1200 SW Park Ave.

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