Vancouver’s Old Apple Tree celebrates 188 years Oct. 4

by DIwpBacon on October 1, 2014


Planted in 1826 at Fort Vancouver of modest beginnings, the noble Old Apple Tree is considered the matriarch of Washington State’s apple industry. It has withstood flood, wind, ice, snow, steady human encroachment and breakage of a major limb in 2009. Come celebrate the venerable tree’s 188 years of life at Vancouver’s annual Old Apple Tree Festival, set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Old Apple Tree Park, 112 SE Columbia Way.

This year, the free, family-friendly festival features live music by On a Lark, Another Shade of Bluegrass, and the Washington Old Time Fiddlers Association. There will also be fruit tree pruning demonstrations, arts and crafts for kids, ask-the-arborist sessions, Fort Vancouver Land Bridge tours and on-site food vendors. To participate in the apple cider pressing, bring clean apples and clean containers to take home the freshly pressed cider.

Visitors can also get a free cutting to start their own piece of history. Each year during the festival the Urban Forestry Commission gives away approximately 200 cuttings from the Old Apple Tree. While it’s challenging to successfully propagate these cuttings, it is possible. The Commission wants to know how many people are able to successfully propagate their cutting. Bring your story or a photo of your Old Apple Tree; a map will show where descendants of the Old Apple Tree live.




“You Can Help – Shine a Light” on domestic violence for October

by DIwpBacon on October 1, 2014


This October, YWCA Clark County shares an empowering message of hope and help during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The campaign kicks-off this evening Wednesday, Oct. 1 with guest speakers and a candlelight vigil. Join the community at 6 p.m., at Latte Da, 205 E 39th St, Vancouver. Additionally throughout the month, the YWCA asks the community to:

  • Shine a purple light (blacklight) from their front porch or window to remember the victims and honor the survivors of domestic violence. The SafeChoice Program of YWCA has a number of lights to give away. Additionally, lights can be purchased at local retail and hardware stores, or can be found online.
  • Visit YWCA’s Facebook or Twitter page regularly during October. Like and share posts, comment, and share your hopes for a domestic violence free community.
  • Visit the Clothesline Project. The Clothesline Project was started by a group of women who experienced various forms of violence during their lives. During October, custom painted t-shirts will be hung throughout the community as an expression of hope and healing.
  • Share YWCA services: If you know someone in a violent situation, tell them about the free, quality services offered at YWCA. Offer to drive or go with someone considering a visit.

YWCA offers more workshops, services, events and ways to engage with your community and stand up against domestic violence during the month of October. Visit for more information, or contact Ariella Frishberg at or 360-906-9146.

Philip A. Parker Memorial Scholarship Fund launched by SWWDC


The late Philip Parker. Photo courtesy of The Columbian.

To honor its long-time board member, friend and jobs advocate, Philip A. Parker, who died earlier this year, the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council (SWWDC) has established the Philip A. Parker Memorial Scholarship fund and is accepting donations.

“Phil was a champion for jobs-creation projects and cared deeply about young people,” says Jeanne Bennett, SWWDC’s chief executive officer. “We’re pleased to honor him in this way and hope those who knew and admired Phil will contribute to the scholarship program.”

Funds collected will provide scholarships for youth, ages 16 through 24, that demonstrate progress towards a pathway in the trades. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED, plan to attend an accredited institution and live in Clark, Cowlitz or Wahkiakum counties. Donations to the scholarship fund can be made by check payable to SWWDC, and mailed to 805 Broadway, Suite 412, Vancouver, WA 98660. Attn: Accounting. Note “Parker Memorial Scholarship Fund” on the check.

Battle Ground HealthCare received $25k match challenge from an anonymous donor


PastedGraphic-2An anonymous donor has generously provided a $25K matching gift challenge to benefit Battle Ground HealthCare services in North Clark County. All donations made through the Clinic’s free fundraising breakfast, to be held Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver will be doubled.

“The generosity of our supporters during the Matching Gift Challenge enables Battle Ground Healthcare to leverage gifts of time, talent and treasure year-round for the benefit of the those in the community who are in need of chronic medical and limited dental care living without insurance or underinsured,” says Ruthie Gohl, the organization’s executive director. “By working together, we can make a huge impact, and I want to thank everyone whose gifts and efforts help further our mission.”

Providing chronic medical and limited dental care to those ages 18 to 65, Battle Ground HealthCare is dedicated to support the working poor who find it difficult to afford health coverage, but do not meet federal guidelines for assistance in another way. Clinic professional and support staff are volunteers, therefore ongoing community support through donations and fundraisers is vital to the mission.

The public is invited to help make a difference by attending the fundraising breakfast. Seats are limited; RSVP by Monday, Oct. 20 to

Sue McCarthy, to consult with MODAO Consignment in Vancouver, meet and greet Oct 4

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SueMcCarthyThe “royalty” of the high end resale business, Sue McCarthy and her daughter Diana of the new reality series Resale Royalty and owner of the nationally recognized Women’s Closet Exchange will descend upon Hazel Dell’s special gem, MODAO Chic Fashion and Furniture Consignment boutique Saturday, Oct. 4, to consult with owners Joni Vilhauer and Bailey Handsaker, also a mother-daughter team.

Vilhauer has 35 years of experience in fashion and interior design. Having worked for Nordstrom for twelve of those years and started her own business in 1988, Interior Services, she earned a reputation that offered her a full time career. Her daughter, Bailey Handsaker, brings gifts in management and social media. The two opened MODAO in 2012.

MODAO will be open to the public for a meet and greet on Saturday while the Women’s Closet Exchange consultants are in the store offering special treats and beverages for a splendid shopping experience. More details to come on and on Facebook at MODAO: Chic Fashion & Furniture Consignment. The boutique is located at 612 NE 81st St., in Vancouver.


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News Briefs

  • Shane Gardner announces choice for undersheriff, meet them both Oct. 3

    Shane Gardner, non-partisan candidate for Clark County Sheriff, has announced his choice for undersheriff is retired Washington County Sheriff Rob Gordon. Gordon brings more than 32 years of service with the Sheriff’s Office in Washington County. He is a 1994 graduate of the FBI National Academy and in 2003 completed the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Resource Management from George Fox University and the Basic Certificate in Public Management from the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. Join Shane Gardner and Rob Gordon for a meet and greet event at Main Event in downtown Vancouver on Friday, Oct. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. For more details, visit

  • Volunteers needed to fill two Noxious Weed Control Board vacancies

    The Board of County Commissioners is seeking applicants to serve on the volunteer Clark County Noxious Weed Control Board. Two positions are open. Those interested in serving must live in the weed control board’s District 1 or District 5. Board members will serve four-year terms. District 1 is bounded roughly by the East Fork Lewis River on the north, NE 50th Ave. on the east and the Columbia River on the south and west. District 5 is bounded roughly by the Clark-Cowlitz county line on the north, Clark-Skamania county line on the east, East Fork Lewis River on the south and 172nd Ave., or Range 3E line, on the west. Applicants must submit an application and a Petition for Member to the Noxious Weed Board, 11104 N.E. 149th St. C-200, Brush Prairie, WA 98606. Deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21. For an application packet, call 360-397-6140 or email For questions, call Mike Monfort at 360-397-6140.

  • Apply for entry to the 28th annual Veterans Parade at Fort Vancouver by Oct. 3

    The Fort Vancouver National Trust is now accepting entry applications for the 28th annual Lough Legacy Veterans Parade at Fort Vancouver. The application deadline is this Friday, Oct. 3. This annual community event takes place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 8, rain or shine. This year marks the 28th anniversary of this community celebration honoring Veterans of all service branches. Parade applications are available online at, at the Trust office in the O.O. Howard House, 750 Anderson St., or by calling the Trust at 360-992-1804. Parade entries will be accepted after deadline, however, entries will be placed at the rear of the parade.

  • RTC Board of Directors hold regular meeting Oct. 7

    The next Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council (RTC) Board of Directors meeting will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 7, in the 6th floor Training Room of the Clark County Public Service Center, 1200 Franklin St. in Vancouver. Copies of the agenda are available here. Materials will also be available at the meeting. For more information, contact the RTC at or visit and click on “Board of Directors” under the “Information” tab.

  • Registration ends today for Taste & See at Clark County Food Bank Oct. 3

    10426144_865113830189773_4212117508575010728_nClark County Food Bank’s annual fundraising event Taste & See will be held on Friday, Oct. 3, at 6502 NE 47th Ave. in Vancouver. Tickets are $125 and table sponsorships are still available for $1500. A reception begins at 6:30 p.m. and the event runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Registration closes today, Wednesday, Oct. 1. Click here for the full story.

  • Sixth annual Fall Festival at Silver Buckle Ranch Sat. 4

    10675638_616180361824654_6054427388598963183_nSilver Buckle Ranch will host its six annual Fall Festival from 1 to 4 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 4. The festival is a fun event for the whole family. Admission and parking are free. The ranch is located at 152nd Ave. and 119th St. in Brush Prairie. For $5, children can get a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch (while supplies last), ride a horse and get a wagon ride. A variety of other family-friendly activities are planned as well, including a potato slingshot, apple cider press, and hay scramble. Read the full story here.

  • KGW named Station of the Year

    906390_10152222802970736_145510170843232753_oKGW was named Television Station of the Year by the Oregon Association of Broadcasters at its annual conference held Saturday, Sept. 27. The station has earned the title for 11 of the last 12 years. The prestigious award recognizes outstanding journalism and public service throughout the entire year. was recognized as best television website. KGW earned eight other “Awards of Excellence” for its journalism both on air and online, more than any other Portland television station. For the full article, click here.

  • Red Cross Southwest Washington Chapter welcomes new executive director

    2014 American Red Cross - Dennis Photo jpgDennis Rugg has been named executive director of the American Red Cross Southwest Washington Chapter. He will oversee day-to-day chapter business, volunteer engagement, community partnerships and fundraising in Pacific, Wahkiakum, Cowlitz, Clark, Skamania and Klickitat counties. Click here for the full story.

  • WSU Vancouver kicks off Disability Awareness Month with State Rep. Cyrus Habib Oct. 2
    imagesWSU Vancouver will host events aimed to challenge social stereotypes and explore the diverse experiences of people with different abilities in honor of Disability Awareness Month in OctoberState Rep. Cyrus Habib of Washington’s 48th District is the keynote speaker for the kickoff celebration. The free, public event is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in the Firstenburg Student Commons. For the original story, click here.
  • FVRL kids book sale Oct. 2 – 4

    UnknownFort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation (FVRL) will host a used book sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, through Saturday, Oct. 4. The sale will be held in the downstairs library hall of the FVRL District Headquarters Building, 1007 E. Mill Plain Blvd. Nearly 10,000 books will be bargain priced at $1. Proceeds from the book sale will be used to support library programs and services provided by the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District. For more information, call the Foundation Office at 360-699-8846 or email Sale information is also available at and on Facebook at

  • Family workshop offers fun for the whole family Oct. 4

    Join the Master Composter/Recyclers to learn all about the joys and wonders of worm composting from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct 4. This family-friendly workshop will teach the care and feeding of red worms and how they can help turn fruit and vegetable scraps from the kitchen into food for your garden or houseplants. The class is $35 and includes a fully functioning worm bin complete with red worms to take home. If you don’t want a bin and worms, the cost is free. Children should be at least five to participate. The workshop will take place at Center for Agriculture, Science and Environmental Education in Brush Prairie. Pre-registration is required for all workshops. For more information and to register, visit

  • Art on the Boulevard features the works of Yer Za Vue, First Friday reception Oct. 3

    87Yer Za Vue is the featured artist at Art on the Boulevard for October. She has garnered numerous local and national awards. Meet the artist at a First Friday reception from 5 to 9 p.m. next Friday, Oct. 3. The event includes complimentary light refreshments, live music, and a chance to see the artist at work. Since 2006, the artist has been teaching animation, illustration and on-location painting at The Art Institute in Portland. Click here for the full story.

  • AFP panel and luncheon: “Women in Philanthropy Today” Oct. 3

    gty_RF_102263432_ArticleLead“Women in Philanthropy Today” will be presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Oregon & Southwest Washington Chapter (AFP) on Friday, Oct. 3. Doors open at 11 a.m. Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by the program from noon to 1 p.m. The event will be held at the Multnomah Athletic Club, 1849 SW Salmon St. in downtown Portland.Aggie Sweeney, CFRE, President and CEO of Collins Group, will moderate a panel discussion about the influential and growing role of women in philanthropy. Click here for the full story.

  • Tickets now available for VSO’s 36th “Season of Stars” Oct. 4 and 5

    vso (1)The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) kicks off its 36th “Season of Stars” with a musical tribute to water this Saturday, Oct. 4 at 3 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. Both performances are at Skyview Concert Hall. Tickets are $35 general admission; $30 seniors; $10 students with ID; $50 for reserved seating, and can be purchased online here. A pre-concert discussion on the music and composers will be offered one hour before each concert. For the full story, click here.

  • “The Women of Lockerbie” premiers at “Magenta Theater” Oct. 3

    Photo courtesy of Magenta Theater

    Magenta Theater presents The Women of Lockerbie, written by Deborah Brevoort and directed by Melissa Barnick. Performances run Friday, Oct. 3 through Sunday, Oct. 18, with evening showtimes at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $13 to $16 and are available online at Group discounts are also available. Advanced reservations are highly recommended. For more information, visit Click here for the full article.