Share welcomes new board members

by DIwpBacon on August 27, 2015
Michelle Prosser

Michelle Prosser

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Elizabeth Fitzgearld












Share has announced that Elizabeth Fitzgearld and Michelle Prosser will join its board of directors. “We are delighted to have both Elizabeth and Michelle join our board,” says Diane McWithey, executive director. “We believe their strong experience and leadership skills will be extremely valuable as Share continues to address the needs of the hungry and homeless in our community.”

Fitzgearld is the office manager at “,” the office of Drs. Todd Bernstein and David Bloom. She serves on the Program Advisory Committee at Everest College and is an MBA candidate in non-profit management at the University of Portland.

Prosser is a managing attorney and shareholder at Stahancyk, Kent & Hook P.C. She is a member of both the state of Washington and Clark County Bar Associations. Prosser is also a member of the Clark County Historical Society, Clark County Chamber of Commerce, Identity Clark County and Vancouver Downtown Association. Learn more about Share at








National Model Train Show comes to Portland this weekend

by DIwpBacon on August 27, 2015

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This summer, Portland will host the Annual National Train Show, the industry’s most respected model train show and trade exposition. Each year this illustrious event is held in a different city and state in North America. And this year Portland will host the 2015 extravaganza, which will showcase all aspects of model railroading including the industry’s newest and unique products and services from manufacturers and retailers from the U.S. and around the world.

The event will cover 180,000 sq. ft. of space, including 50,000 sq. ft. of extraordinary operating model train displays. Visitors will find all of the latest and greatest model trains, accessories, collectibles, elaborate displays and more from the world’s best-known manufacturers and retailers geared for all model railroaders.

An additional highlight is the Lego MiniLand. This 2,500 sq. ft. area is dedicated to the creation of a dynamic, originally-designed display featuring operating model railroads, hundreds of train cars, various landscape settings and waterfalls, scale building, retractable bridges, and more.

The event runs Friday, Aug. 28, from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 29, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 30, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $14 for adults, $13 for those 65 and over, children six through 12 are $7. Those under six are free. The Portland Expo Center is located at 2060 N Marine Dr.


WSU Vancouver to host Australian multimedia artists Aug. 28 at Angst Gallery


Australian multimedia artists Roger Dean and Hazel Smith of the austraLYSIS ensemble will appear from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, at Angst Gallery in Vancouver. Titled Sound Ideas: Computational Sound in Performance and Multimedia, the event is sponsored by the Creative Media and Digital Culture Program (CMDC) at Washington State University Vancouver. Admission is free.

Dean, an internationally active composer/improviser/performer and researcher in music cognition, will discuss how the structural and cognitive aspects of music can suggest techniques for making and using music. He will illustrate a range of approaches to computational sound for multimedia through works by his ensemble, austraLYSIS.

The talk will be followed by a performance featuring recent multimedia and sound and text works by Dean and poet/intermedia artist Smith, including collaborations with CMDC Professor Will Luers. The program is part of the CMDC Visiting Artist Series, which brings digital media artists and scholars to Vancouver to present and discuss their work with the Vancouver community. Angst Gallery is located at 1015 Main St. in Vancouver. For more information, contact Luers at: or 503-975-3254.


Dave’s Killer Magic Shop hosts nationally renowned magician Aug. 29


imagesDave’s Killer Magic Shop will host nationally renowned magician, Jon Armstrong this Friday, Aug. 29. Armstrong is considered one of the world’s best magical entertainers. Click here to see one of his tricks.

Named Close Up Magician of the Year in 2007, Armstrong’s amazing close-up skills and comedy have brought him numerous awards and nominations throughout his career. Audiences can enjoy the same awe and wonder as seen at the world famous Magic Castle or on his TV appearances on shows such as Masters of Illusion, USA’s Ready for the Weekend, and most recently, Penn and Teller.

Tickets are $15 per person.  The venue has only 40 seats and tickets are sold by row, so the sooner you purchase, the closer to the magic you will be. Performances are at 3 and 7 p.m. Dave’s Killer Magic Shop is located at 1707 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. To learn more, visit their Facebook page, here.



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News Briefs

  • Court of Appeals rules in favor of Port of Vancouver USA on SEPA appeal

    images-1Yesterday, the Washington Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the Port of Vancouver USA in an appeal brought by Columbia Riverkeeper and the Northwest Environmental Defense Center. The Court affirmed the ruling of the Clark County Superior Court that the port’s lease for the Vancouver Energy terminal complies with the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). The environmental groups claimed that the port failed to follow SEPA during the lease approval process. In Jan. 2014, Clark County Superior Court Judge David E. Gregerson ruled that the Port of Vancouver USA was not required to conduct a SEPA review prior to entering the lease with Tesoro-Savage. The Court of Appeals agreed with Judge Gregerson, finding that the port’s decision to enter the lease was exempt from SEPA’s Environmental Impact Statement requirement and did not limit the choice of reasonable alternatives for the project. Visit for more information on the Vancouver Energy project.

  • Councilors seek applicants for county position on library board

    The Board of County Councilors is seeking applicants to fill one of three Clark County positions on the seven-member Fort Vancouver Regional Library District Board of Trustees. The position is designated for someone living in Clark County outside the Vancouver and Camas city limits. The term is for seven years, beginning January 2016. Library trustees are responsible for policies regarding the district’s 15 locations, two bookmobiles, online services at and centralized headquarters. Applicants should address their understanding of: current challenges for public libraries; perspectives concerning public library services, facilities and materials such as print and electronic books and magazines, CDs, DVDs and digital resources; and the district’s funding as a junior taxing district. Interested applicants should submit a letter and resume to Jennifer Clark, Board of County Councilors, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver 98666-5000 or email to or fax 360-397-6058. Deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30.

  • Free Clinic of Southwest Washington receives $5,000 grant

    logo-colorThe Free Clinic of Southwest Washington (Free Clinic) has received a $5,000 grant from Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. The grant will help cover costs associated with radiology services (X-rays and ultrasounds). The most common X-rays ordered for Free Clinic patients are chest, spine, ankle, foot, shoulder, hip, knee, finger, wrist, and pelvis. Without the ability to obtain X-rays, serious conditions may go undiagnosed and untreated. Many working people who come in to the Free Clinic are risking a cut in pay or loss of their job, if they have to miss work. Radiology services also include ultrasound imaging. X-rays and ultrasounds are read by community radiologists who partner with the Free Clinic in providing patient care. To learn more about the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington, visit:

  • “Back 2 School Bash” school supply drive at Market at Vancouver Mall Aug. 30

    11816961_1665638713647976_2750407316400643596_nThe Market at Vancouver Mall is hosting a “Back 2 School” this Sunday Aug. 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors that bring a $5 donation in school supplies will receive a free gift from participating vendors. The outdoor market is located in the parking lot south of Macy’s at the Westfield Mall. It runs weekends through September 27, and features produce from local farmers, food and craft vendors, information booths, music, kids activities, and more. This week’s supply drive is hosted by Art ala Carte Vancouver. Find more details on Facebook, here.

  • Land Use Forum Aug. 31, after-party at Niche Wine Bar

    11831776_632348053568607_2298773512017853621_nThe Clark County Food System Council will host a Land Use Forum: Food, water, jobs and litigation in the Comprehensive Plan Update Process, this Monday, Aug. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Downtown Vancouver Library, Columbia Room. The forum is to review the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) as a community and provide opportunities for participation in the development of the Preferred Alternative for the Comprehensive Plan. After the forum, participants can join the after-party from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at Niche Wine Bar, 1013 Main St. Click here for the original story.

  • Vancouver teacher named region’s Teacher of the Year

    BethanyRivardFort Vancouver High School teacher Bethany Rivard has been named Educational Service District 112 region Teacher of the Year. Rivard is one of nine finalists from around the state for the Washington State Teacher of the Year Award. One teacher will be selected to represent Washington state in the National Teacher of the Year Program. Click here for the full story.

  • City survey shows transportation, parks, entertainment options as important priorities

    mainsttimelapse.pngThe Vancouver City Council reviewed the results of its “What’s Next Vancouver?” survey at a workshop on Monday night. The survey was conducted between June 15 and Aug. 7 as part of the development of the City’s new strategic plan. The four-question survey was taken by 2,227 people who live, work or play in Vancouver. The City plans to complete the plan in early 2016. Find the results in the original story, here.

  • Volunteer with Thrivent Builds Repairs Aug. 27 – 29

    Thrivent Thrivent Financial and Evergreen Habitat for Humanity will host an event to help local homeowners upgrade their home and neighborhood through a unique partnership program called Thrivent Builds Repairs. Community volunteers and Thrivent Financial representatives Frank Shuman, Alan Gardner, and Gerald Taylor will come together today, Thursday, August 27, through Saturday, Aug. 29, at the home site, 514 N Main Ave. in Ridgefield, to paint the home’s exterior, repair steps, and other basic maintenance including yard work. To learn more and join this community event, contact Shuman at 360-980-1717, or

  • CRESA’s annual preparedness contest kicks off Sept. 1

    971519_578744305503608_1678107243_nSeptember is the 11th annual National Preparedness Month and this year’s national theme is “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 1CRESA launches the sixth year of the huge online social media game called the 30 Days, 30 Ways Preparedness Challenge. Game rules can be found at Players are given a daily challenge at 7 a.m. each morning. Winners will be selected and rewarded with gift cards to Amazon. Click here for the full story.

  • NNSW’s Schmoozefest! this afternoon

    NPN_schmoose_facebookNonprofit Network of Southwest Washington (NNSW) is hosting its annual Schmoozefest! today, Thursday, Aug. 27, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., at The Grant House Patio, 1101 Officers Row. Tickets are $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers. To register, visit The sponsor for the event is Pacific Continental Bank. Nonprofit staff, volunteers and friends in business and government are welcome for networking, games, and more. For more information, visit

  • Local seniors invited to free day at Oregon Zoo Sept. 15

    UnknownLocal seniors can reconnect with wildlife Tuesday, Sept. 15, during Senior Safari, a free day at the Oregon Zoo for anyone 65 or older. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., seniors (who may each bring along one free companion for the day) can attend animal talks, explore the zoo, and visit the zoo’s Family Farm for hands-on experiences with pygora goats and a variety of small animals. Seniors can also take advantage of a 10 percent discount in the zoo restaurants. Throughout the day, visitors can also catch up with some honored citizens from the animal world. The Oregon Zoo has earned a stellar reputation for the specialized geriatric care it provides its residents; many live far beyond the median life expectancy for their species, and some are even the oldest of their kind. For more information, visit

  • New learning center opens at historic Hough Pool, public Grand Opening Aug. 28

    6x9_Hough_Program copyIn just a few short days, a new state-of-the-art early learning center in the Hough neighborhood will open its doors to approximately 140 three to five year olds enrolled in the state’s Early Childhood Education Assistance Program (ECEAP). The public Grand Opening of the Hough Early Learning Center, administered by Educational Service District 112, is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 28, at 10 a.m., at 1801 Esther St. in Vancouver. Refreshments and self-guided tours of the center will follow a short program and official ribbon cutting. Click here for the full story.

  • Picnic and blood drive with Mayor Leavitt Aug. 30

    mayor_headshot_finalBloodworks Northwest and Vancouver Mayor Timothy D. Leavitt invite everyone to attend a community picnic and blood drive on Sunday, Aug. 30, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The picnic features free food and beverages, games and entertainment. The donation center will be open all day for blood donations. Mayor Leavitt will make a presentation at 11:30 a.m. The picnic is at the Bloodworks NW Donor Center, 9320 NE Vancouver Mall Dr., Ste. #100, in Vancouver. Interestested parties should RSVP to: To make an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-398-7888 or email:

  • Register now for the YWCA 2015 Empower Luncheon Sept. 16

    EL-2015The YWCA’s 2015 Empower Luncheon is Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Hilton Vancouver. The program begins promptly at noon. Registration closes Tuesday, Sept. 8. Keynote speaker for the event is Molly Barker, founder of Girls on the Run. The luncheon includes a raffle for $1700 in local treasures, and the latest in YWCA happenings including a sneak peek into plans for its centennial anniversary in 2016. To learn more and to register, visit or call 360-906-9157.

  • Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of new Woodland High School Aug. 31

    New-WHS-EntranceWoodland Public Schools invites and encourages the entire Woodland community to attend the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the new Woodland High School at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, at the new high school located at 1500 Dike Access Rd., Woodland. The program begins with an introduction by Superintendent Michael Green, and the singing of the national anthem by the WHS Jazz Choir. Attendees will gather in the brand new commons/performance area and hear from several speakers. Attendees can take guided tours or explore the high school on their own. Student tour guides will be on-hand to answer questions. The ceremony will conclude at 7:30 p.m.

  • Leadership Clark County welcomes Class of 2016 Sept. 15, RSVP by Sept. 9

    leadershipclarkcountyLeadership Clark County (LCC) invites alumni, sponsors, supporters and the incoming class members’ employers and guests to a community reception on Tuesday, Sept. 15, to welcome the Class of 2016. The reception is from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the Columbia Tech Center campus of Clark College, 18700 SE Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver. Light appetizers and beverages will be provided. Supporters of the event include: Riverview Community Bank, Clark College, alum Lynn Rullman and The Grant House. There is no cost to attend, but RSVPs are requested by Wednesday, Sept. 9, to

  • The von Trapps perform to benefit School of Piano Technology for the Blind Sept. 17

    Dream_A_Little_Dream_3-1024x770The von Trapps, great grandchildren of Captain and Maria von Trapp, will perform a benefit concert at the home of the late Ed and Dollie Lynch from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17, for the School of Piano Technology for the Blind. The von Trapps, SofiaMelanieAmanda, and August, have carried on the family tradition performing their unique blend of classical, global pop, and international music around the world for more than a decade. Seating is very limited and selling quickly. Tickets are $50 or sponsor a reserved table for eight for $1200. For more information and to reserve seats, click here. The home of Ed and Dollie Lynch is located at 4712 Franklin St., Vancouver.

  • Columbia Tech Center Movies in the Park features “Despicable Me” Aug. 28

    large_4zHJhBSY4kNZXfhTlmy2TzXD51MThe City of Vancouver and Columbia Tech Center will present a free showing of Despicable Me at the Columbia Tech Center Park this Friday, Aug. 28. Pre-movie activities start at 7 p.m. and the movie starts at dusk. Watch the trailer here. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs and snacks. There is plenty of free, off-street parking right next to the park. Columbia Tech Center Park is located on Columbia Tech Center Dr., south of Mill Plain Blvd. in east Vancouver.