Another major milestone in the Vancouver Columbia River Waterfront Development set to roll Sept. 29

by DIwpBacon on September 29, 2014

Artist rendition courtesy of Gramor Development.

The next major milestone in completion of Columbia Way, the final connection to and through the Waterfront Development Area along the shores of the Columbia River, gets underway today with installation of deep underground utilities in the southern end of Columbia Street.
Drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians will see a flurry of activity in Columbia Street between the railway overcrossing south of Phil Arnold Way and the Red Lion Hotel driveway, as project contractor Nutter Corp. of Vancouver installs water, sewer and stormwater piping at depths in excess of 15 feet.
From its visionary beginnings through each major stage of achievement, efforts to restore the community’s historic connection to 35 acres along the Columbia River waterfront and redevelop the former industrial area have been a private and public partnership. Columbia Waterfront, LLC., a private investors group led by Gramor Development, worked closely with the City, Port and local residents to create a master plan for development, which anticipates jobs, restaurants, shops, housing, a hotel and a park.

To mark the significance of this next major milestone, partners and supporters in the Waterfront Redevelopment Project plan to hold a ceremonial groundbreaking event early next month. More details about the event will be announced soon and posted online at




Evergreen Habitat for Humanity sends 10 volunteers to Guatemala

by DIwpBacon on September 29, 2014

Photo courtesy of EHFH.

Earlier this month, Evergreen Habitat for Humanity sent 10 volunteers, staff members, and donors from Clark County to San Marcos, Guatemala to participate in Habitat’s Global Village program. This is a domestic and international volunteer program aimed at building decent, affordable shelter alongside members of the community. The goal of the program is for participants to learn about poverty housing, development challenges, and Habitat’s ministry and mission to eradicate them.

While in Guatemala, volunteers worked closely with the masons and families they were building for to learn more about Guatemalan culture and history. They saw firsthand the need for simple, decent, affordable housing in a country plagued by earthquakes and poverty. The volunteers learned about the housing need in Guatemala and the services the local affiliate provides to help families in need.

Evergreen Habitat started a partnership with Habitat Guatemala through Habitat International’s Tithe program. Evergreen Habitat has sent 10 percent of the annual fundraising to help support Habitat Guatemala every year for the past two years. To learn more, contact Josh Townsley, Executive Director, Evergreen Habitat for Humanity, at 360-737-1759.


WSU Vancouver kicks off Disability Awareness Month with State Rep. Cyrus Habib Oct. 2


State Rep. Cyrus Habib

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. Blind since age 8, Habib will discuss his journey through the public school system and the importance of creating inclusive learning environments. The free, public event is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in the Firstenburg Student Commons.

The photo exhibit, “Reinventing the Wheel,” will open at the kickoff. The exhibit features 21 individuals with spinal cord injuries and further challenges current perceptions of the lives of people with disabilities.

Film screening of Music Within will be held from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14 and from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15. Filmed in Portland, Music Within is based on the true story of Richard Pimentel, an activist for the Americans with Disabilities Act. When Pimentel returns home from Vietnam severely hearing impaired, he discovers the deficiencies surrounding the rights of people with disabilities and challenges the system. For more information, click here.

M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust awards $250,000 to Children’s Center


Children’s Center has announced a $250,000 grant award from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. The grant was awarded in support of Children’s Center’s capital campaign for a much needed new facility currently under construction in east Vancouver.

The new building will be at 13500 SE 7th St., on the corner of SE 7th and SE 136th Ave. Construction began in July and the new building is expected to be complete in May 2015. Other significant funding has come from The Marilyn Moyer Charitable Trust, Ed and Cherry Shaw, Steve and Jo Marie Hansen, Steve and Jan Oliva, the Tod and Maxine McClaskey Foundation, as well as $1.2 million from the State of Washington.

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust was created by the will of the late Melvin J. (Jack) Murdock, who was co-founder of Tektronix, Inc. Beaverton, Oregon, and a resident of Vancouver. The Trust’s mission is to enrich the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest by providing grants to organizations that seek to strengthen the region’s educational, cultural, and spiritual base in creative and sustainable ways.

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 Find the library on Facebook at


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News Briefs

  • Vancouver Radio Service to fill in gap for visually impaired, disabled and elderly

    The Clark County Audio Information Service, (CCAIS) located in Vancouver, is a service that provides news, information and educational programming such as newspaper, book and magazine readings for those who are disabled, the visually impaired and the elderly. Since The Evergreen Radio Reading Service left, the CCAIS has been filling in the gap for listeners, being the only similar service in Washington. The only other service in the NW is Golden Hours, located in Portland. CCAIS is operated by volunteers and is owned by Gerald Gaule. CCAIS offers Old Time Radio, Nostalgic Music from the 1890s to 1950s, community information and public affair programming for the metro area. CCAIS can be heard by going to and search for “The Clark County Audio Information Service. Find them on Facebook, here.

  • County accepting 2015 picnic shelter reservations starting Oct. 1

    Starting Wednesday, Oct. 1, people can reserve picnic shelters in certain county parks for the 2015 season. Opening reservations this fall helps families and friends pin down warm-weather plans up to a year in advance. Reservations can be made online at or by calling 360-397-2285. In-person reservations can be made at building B-1 of the Public Works Operations Center, 4700 N.E. 78th St., between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shelters can be reserved between May 1, 2015 and Sept. 30, 2015. Reservation fees are $25 to $100 per day, depending on shelter size. The money helps pay for park maintenance and operations. Shelters not reserved will be available for free on a first-come, first-served basis, as are shelters in all other county parks. For more information including a list of parks and shelters, visit, call  360-397-2285, or email

  • Reminder: All Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries closed tomorrow, Sept. 30

    All branches, bookmobiles and headquarters offices of Fort Vancouver Regional Library District (FVRL) will be closed to the public on Tuesday, Sept. 30 for a day of staff training in Vancouver. The district’s website,, will continue to offer many library services that day. All FVRL locations will resume normal open hours on Wednesday, Oct. 1. Three Creeks Community Library will be closed for remodeling beginning Monday, Sept. 15, and reopening to the public also on Wednesday, Oct. 1. Anyone with questions about the closures prior to Sept. 30 should talk to staff at their local branch or call 360-906-5106, or 1-888-546-2707 toll-free from area code 509. Note that the Sept. 30 closure does not include the independent Camas Public Library.

  • Aushi Mizani offers Caring for the Caregiver and Resiliancy Training at Ashley and Hampton Inns

    Beginning today, The Hampton and Ashley Inns is the new home for Caring for the Caregiver and Resiliency Training offered by Aushi Mizani. Bringing the training to the Inns allows both businesses to collaborate and create an environment for community engagement. At the heart of this collaboration is the recognition that burnout is serious and caregivers are often challenged with maintaining healthy life balance. The Hampton and Ashley Inns are taking an innovative stance in bringing this key training to its staff and by providing a consistent location for all other caregivers to participate. Training will be offered every Monday from 1 to 3 p.m. and Thursday from 1 to 5 p.m. These courses are open to the public and anyone interested in learning more about caregiving and resiliency. To learn more about the courses, CEU’s available, and registration, contact

  • Evelyn Hallett becomes Resident Commissioner for the Vancouver Housing Authority

    Evelyn Hallett has been sworn in as the Resident Commissioner for the Vancouver Housing Authority (VHA). Lloyd Halverson, Vice Chair of the VHA Board of Commissioners, administered the oath of office at the beginning of the September Commissioners meeting. Hallett was appointed to a five-year term by Vancouver Mayor Timothy D. Leavitt.of resident services programs designed to help work-able families in subsidized housing move toward self-reliance.

  • Umpqua Bank presents Parks Foundation with $5,000 grant for Teen Late Night

    10679756_920661141294767_6602307617777556323_o;asdf Umpqua Community Bank presented a $5,000 Community Giving grant to the Parks Foundation of Clark County at the Monday, September 22 Vancouver City Council meeting. The funding will help to keep the Friday Teen Late Night programs open at the Marshall and Firstenburg Community Centers. The Parks Foundation is working closely with the Department to secure the additional $10,000 required to fully fund Teen Late Night through the end of the school year. Click here for the full story.

  • National Park Service seeks applicants for youth living history school

    556-YEprogThe National Park Service at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is seeking applications from interested youth, aged 10 through 18, for the national park’s 2014 – 2015 Living History Schools, including the acclaimed Young Engagé School and the Dame School. Applications are due to the park by 5 p.m. Wedesday, Oct. 1. A maximum of sixteen students will be selected for each program. For the original article, click here.

  • Local candidate for State Representative, 18th District wins International Learning Award

    Maureen-Winningham-Headshot-redo1-200x300Maureen Winningham, Global Director of Learning at Intel Security (formerly McAfee), and candidate for State Representative, Position 2, in the 18th legislative district, has won an international award for excellence in learning & development from the American Society of Training & Development (ASTD). She will accept the award and lead an executive panel discussion in Washington, D.C. this Wednesday, Oct. 1. Winningham is one of 1400 people globally to earn the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) from the American Society for Training and Development. For further details on the award, visit For more information on Winningham and her campaign, visit or

  • 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

  • Visit Vancouver USA moves its destination marketing operations to Main St.

    Visit Vancouver USA has relocated its business offices to 1220 Main St., Ste. 220 in downtown Vancouver. The new location will serve as the home base for the staff’s continued efforts to market Vancouver and the surrounding areas as a destination for meetings, conventions, and group and leisure travelers. The space offers additional room for staff to meet with meeting planners, convention delegates, industry partners and hoteliers. The walk-in visitor center at the Historic Reserve will continue its operations at the east end of Officers Row, servicing visitors looking for maps, brochures and guides to the area. During the National Park Service’s ongoing renovations of the visitor center, the lobby area of Pearson Air Museum will serve as the temporary visitor center. For more information, call 360-750-1553, or 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.

  • Community Hospice offers free volunteer orientation in October

    Community Home Health & Hospice is seeking individuals, especially veterans, in Clark County to volunteer with the Community Hospice program. A free 18-hour orientation is scheduled for October 6, 8 and 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 14508 NE 20th Ave., Ste. 201, Vancouver. All three sessions are required. Attendees will learn how to be a companion to a hospice patient; how to provide support family members; and how to volunteer with other agency programs. A community-based nonprofit organization, Community Home Health & Hospice has served the healthcare needs of Washington and Oregon families with care, comfort and love since 1977. For more information and to register, contact Rosse Rodriguez at or 360-567-3511.

  • Campaign Celebration at Clark College Sept. 30

    EBF-SaveDate_Cover_Final450The entire community is invited to help Clark College celebrate the successful completion of the Ensuring A Bright Future Campaign on Tuesday, Sept. 30 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Andersen Fountain on the main campus of Clark College. The Campaign Celebration will include free games, food, and academic demonstrations by students. For the full story, click here.

  • 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.