SEH America gets special corporate accolade at donor gala

by DIwpBacon on May 27, 2015

Left to right, Greg Wallace and Rick Takach receive the Presidential Award from President/CEO Lisa Gibert and President Robert Knight.

Shin-Etsu Chemical Company and its subsidiary, SEH America Inc., received a special award from Clark College and Clark College Foundation at the annual Savoring Excellence dinner and student performance gala.

During the college’s annual donor appreciation event on May 20, at which more than 160 guests attended, Clark President Robert K. Knight and Lisa Gibert, president/CEO of Clark College Foundation, presented a Corporate Friend of Education award to Tatsuo Ito, executive vice president of SEH America, a semiconductor materials group of Shin-Etsu Chemical.

In addition to the corporate award, community leaders Rick Takach and Greg Wallace were presented with Clark College Foundation’s Presidential Award during the ceremony. Takach and Wallace are members of the foundation’s board of directors. Wallace is the current board chair. Their strategic planning expertise and leadership during the foundation’s Ensuring a Bright Future: Campaign for Clark College, was highlighted as an exceptional commitment to the success of the $26 million fundraising campaign.








Learn about native pollinators and join Great Sunflower Project June 2

by DIwpBacon on May 27, 2015


A spring workshop will highlight the importance of bees, hummingbirds and other animals that carry pollen from one plant to another. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, more than 75 percent of flowering plants and nearly 75 percent of crops are pollinated by animals as they collect nectar.

The work of pollinators will be discussed at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way. Speakers from NatureScaping of Southwest Washington will present information on how to make yards and gardens attractive to birds and other wildlife.

The workshop also will include information on The Great Sunflower Project, a citizen science project that collects data on pollinators to aid in conservation. The event will include potting and distribution of Lemon Queen sunflowers, which are renowned for attracting bees, butterflies and other animals. To register, email

Fifth annual Southwest Washington Jobs Fair June 8; Job Hunting Workshop June 2


Unknown-1U.S Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler will host the fifth annual Southwest Washington Jobs Fair on Monday, June 8, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Red Lion Hotel at the Quay, 100 Columbia St. A pre-fair “Job Hunting Workshop” is scheduled for next Tuesday, June 2, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Vancouver Community Library, Columbia Room, 901 C St.

Both events are free to all Southwest Washington residents. The jobs fair will include employers from a variety of industries seeking qualified candidates. The June 2 job hunting workshop will include local human resource specialists. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion as well as individual one-on-one counseling. The panel will discuss resume building, interviewing skills, networking, and other important aspects of the job-seeking process.

An up-to-date list of participating employers will be available at here. Employers who are interested in participating are encouraged to contact Pam Peiper at 360-695-6292. For more information, visit

CCHM Walking Tour Series kicks off this Friday


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The Clark County Historical Museum Walking Tour Series kicks off this Friday, May 29, with a stroll down historic Officers Row. There are 12 different tours and they held at noon on Fridays and 9 a.m. on Saturdays until August 22. Walks range from one to two miles and go rain or shine.

This year’s tours feature the following areas: Officers Row, Esther Short Neighborhood, Lower Main Street, Hudson’s Bay Neighborhood, Uptown Village, Hough Neighborhood, Arnada Neighborhood, Middle Main, Shumway Neighborhood, Carter Park Neighborhood, and Lincoln Neighborhood.

Individual tour tickets and season passes are available. Individual tickets are $5 for members and $7 for non-members. Full season passes are $50 for members and $75 for non-members. Visit to see the official tour schedule and more details. For more information call 360-993-5679 or email


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News Briefs

  • Recycling of block foam packaging no longer available to area residents

    images-2Clark County Environmental Services learned earlier this month that Far West Recycling in Portland is no longer accepting block foam for processing. Consequently, Empower Up, 3206 N.E. 52nd St., will no longer accept block foam. The county has contracted with Empower Up since 2011 to receive block foam and prepare it for processing in Portland. Until further notice, county residents who lack other options may need to put block foam in their garbage. Foam pellets or “peanuts” can still be taken to many local shops for packaging and mailing. Retailers accepting pellets can be found in the Recycling A-Z Wizard at, along with more information about waste reduction.

  • Rocksolid Teen Center receives community support

    roundcube Thursday, May 21, Rocksolid Community Teen Center received a $1008 donation from the annual Excalibur Golf Tournament and $1000 sponsorship check from S & T Trucking. Pictured here are tournament organizers Will Cannon, Gary Day, Don Martel and Lori Lindberg, Rocksolid Board President. Rocksolid is a non-profit after school program for fifth through 12th grade students. For more information, visit website

  • YWCA Clark County announces Young Women of Achievement Scholarship recipients

    images-1Four high school seniors have been selected to each receive a $1,500 scholarship from YWCA Clark County in support of their future educational endeavors. Laura McDonnel, Skyview High School, was awarded the Soroptimist International of Vancouver Scholarship; LaQuoya Tyler, Fort Vancouver High School, was awarded the Friends of YWCA Young Woman of Achievement Scholarship; Courtney Carlisle, Hockinson High School, was awarded the Soroptimist International of Southwest Washington Scholarship; and Sarah Furth, Columbia River High School, was awarded the Donna Roberge Scholarship. The four women were honored for consistently demonstrating strong leadership qualities in alignment with YWCA Clark County values throughout their high school careers. For more information about YWCA Clark County, visit

  • Celebrate the Marshall Center’s 50th birthday with fun, free activities May 30

    867420The City of Vancouver’s Marshall Community Center is turning 50 this year and the community is invited to celebrate with fun, free activities from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 30. Visitors can take a splash in the pool, try various sports activities in the gym, get moving with fitness demonstrations, explore your artistic side with pottery demonstrations, or just chill in the SPOT teen center. Find the full story, here.

  • Annual luncheon for Community Foundation June 2

    2015-AL-Logo-288x300The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington is hosting its 2015 Annual Luncheon on Tuesday, June 2, at the Hilton Vancouver. The event will begin with some social time before transitioning into the lunch and awards presentation from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Tickets to the non-fundraising event are $50 per guest and are available for purchase online at or by calling 360-694-2550. Click here for the original article.

  • West Columbia Gorge Humane Society hosts seventh annual Hike the Dike May 30

    HOD-Final-Postcard-2015-Plus-Run_Page_11Join West Columbia Gorge Humane Society (WCGHS) for the seventh annual Hike on the Dike on Saturday, May 30, to help raise money for a local no-kill humane society in Clark County. Participants can register online now at or on-site the day of the event. The cost is $25. This year’s walk will feature over 20 on-site vendors; microchip service free for the first 50 registered participants, High Expectations Dog Training demonstrations, a police K-9 demonstration as well as food and raffle prizes. Click here for the full story.

  • Workshop on photographing nature with a Smartphone June 4

    A-bee-on-a-crocus-in-Kew--001WSU Extension Clark County Master Gardener and Clark County Environmental Services Presents: “Photograph Nature in Your Garden with Your Smartphone” on Thursday, June 4, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Pacific Park Natural Garden Demonstration Area located at NE 18th St. & NE 172nd Ave., Vancouver. Find the original story, here.

  • Hello Vancouver! at Kiggins Theatre this evening

    logo2_hello-vancouverJoin Hello Vancouver! tonight, May 27, at the Kiggins Theatre. This month’s special guest is XRAY.FMExecutive Director Jefferson Smith and morning show host Carl Wolfson will join Temple Lentz to talk about how XRAY got started, what they offer, and how they will be managing their growth to include voices from Southwest Washington. Click here for the full story.

  • Linda Glover launches campaign for Vancouver City Council; campaign kick-off this Thursday

    Linda-Glover-ProfileLinda Glover, a longtime business woman, nonprofit executive, and community champion, is running for Position 5 on the Vancouver City Council. Executive director of the nonprofit Gifts For Our Community, Glover leads the organization that includes multiple small businesses that re-invest by giving grants in human services, education and the arts. The community is invited to join Glover and her supporters for a campaign kickoff at the Marketplace Courtyard, 210 W Evergreen Blvd., on Thursday, May 28, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Light appetizers from Woody’s Tacos will be provided. Additional food and drink will be available for purchase. For further information, visit

  • Dedication ceremony for the Confluence Listening Circle at Chief Timothy Park May 29

    0711_pg106_confluence_chief_ccscuzIn 2005, the Nez Perce blessed a site at Chief Timothy Park for the Confluence Listening Circle, designed by local artist Maya Lin. This is a gathering place, an amphitheater sculpted into the landscape with basalt. Confluence has been working with friends from Nez Perce homelands, Asotin and Nez Perce counties to host a dedication to celebrate the completed project. Click here for the full story.

  • Nominations sought for annual First Citizen Award, deadline May 29

    sknnominationsNominations for Clark County’s 2015 First Citizen Award will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 29. Honorees are chosen for their accomplishments and community contributions in a number of areas, including effectiveness in leadership roles, raising standards and expectations, strengthening community identity and civic pride, and exemplary giving of time, self and resources. To nominate a Clark County resident as First Citizen, click here. All nomination packets must be submitted foundation’s office at 610 Esther St., Ste. 201, Vancouver, WA 98660. The award will be presented at a reception set for Tuesday, October 20.

  • “Creating Fine HeARTS” showcase and fundraiser for JWR May 27

    Finehearts-for-Website1The Jack, Will and Rob (JWR) Boys & Girls Club in Camas will spotlight the talent and artwork of Club members during a two-day event week. “Creating fine heARTS” will feature the JWR Club Open House Art Showcase and Docent Dinner fundraising event at the Cantera Equestrian Center. The docent dinner and fundraiser is Wednesday, May 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. The showcase is Thursday, May 28, from 5 to 7 p.m., at 2033 NE Ione St., Camas. Tickets for the Docent Dinner are $75 per person and can be purchased by contacting Stephanie Lindstrom at 971-803-7767 or online at:

  • Westside Mobility Strategy community forum May 30

    Unknown-4Those who live or work on the west side of I-5 in Vancouver are invited to attend the first Westside Mobility Strategy community forum from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 30, at the Discovery Middle School Commons, 800 E 40th St. The City is working on developing a long-term mobility strategy that will look at various transportation issues on this side of the city and propose attainable solutions that strike a balance between the thriving and growing industrial areas, safe and livable neighborhoods, and a revitalized urban core. For more information and to sign up for email updates, go to:

  • Open Cockpit Day at Pearson Field May 30

    Open_Cockpit_Day-2It’s Open Cockpit Day next Saturday, May 30. Visitors to Pearson Field Education Center will have the opportunity to climb into the cockpits of selected vintage aircraft and experience the planes from a pilot’s perspective. Weather permitting, the pilots of EAA Chapter 105 from Hillsboro and EAA Chapter 782 from Grove Field will give free airplane rides to children ages eight to 17 on a first-come, first-served basis. Find the full story, here.

  • Living Hope Church hosts prom for those with disabilities May 29

    18825_10153281514284469_7728480097720392944_nOn Friday, May 29Living Hope Church will open the doors and roll out the red carpet for some very special guests. The Prom – “A Nght to Shine,” is a free event for teens and adults ages 16 and up with developmental disabilities. From 6:30 to 10 p.m., guests can expect entertainment from a local DJ and a magician, a full meal, a hair and makeup salon, a photo booth, goodie bags and a ‘respite room.’ Click here for the original story.

  • Charter Communications hosts hiring event May 30

    Unknown-2Charter Communications is hosting a job fair on Saturday, May, 30. The fortune 500 company is expanding and hopes to hire 100 Customer Service/Billing Representatives. Session times are from 9 to 11 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. Registration begins 30 minutes prior to each session. Interested parties must attend the full two-hour session to be considered. Candidates should have one year of customer service experience, have a high school diploma or equivalent, be 18 years of age or older, and flexibility between 5 a.m. and 12 a.m., seven days per week. The wage is $13.18 per hour. Charter offers full-time hours, set schedules, benefits, competitive pay, tuition reimbursement, and a fitness room on site. The event takes place at Charter, which is located at 521 NE 136th Ave. in Vancouver.

  • Annual dinner and auction for Daybreak Youth Services May 30

    10920908_569324936542459_4967823442508373591_nThe Daybreak Youth Services‘ 11th annual dinner, auction, and fundraiser is Saturday, May 30, at the Hilton Vancouver, 301 W Sixth St. Fire and Ice, An Evening of Dueling Pianos, features renowned pianists Robert Baird and Joshua Stuart. The artists will perform live and offer stand up comedy as guests duel (bid) for their favorite songs. The evening is hosted by Riverview Bank’s Kim Capeloto, and features real stories of youth transformation and exciting opportunities to reach more teens as Daybreak grows. The live auction will feature an amazing fishing trip in Alaska, valued at over $11,000. Tickets cost $75; $700 for a table for 10. Doors open at 5 p.m. For more information and to register, visit Connect with the event on Facebook, here.

  • Tickets now available for “Our Town” May 29 – 31

    1427895286_11078274_10152632022896541_6848521048568604932_nJourney Theater Arts Group presents Our Town, the 1938 Pulitzer Prize winning Thornton Wilder classic following the small town of Grover’s Corners, NH through three acts:  “Daily Life,” “Love and Marriage,” and “Death and Eternity.” Performances are Friday, May 29, at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 30, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, May 31, at 2 p.m. All shows are held at Washburn Performing Arts Center at Washougal High School. Pre-sale adult tickets are $12; youth and senior tickets are $10. Tickets for all performances will be $3 more at the door. Find the full story, here.