Windermere’s Children’s Justice Center Gala raises nearly $117,000 for victims of child abuse

by DIwpBacon on October 17, 2014
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Among the guests were Chelsie McCray as the Cheshire Cat, Bryanna Fletcher as Alice, Gerry Dowdy Latshaw and Caitlin Lizotte as the Mad Hatter.

Windermere Stellar recently hosted its second annual Children’s Justice Center Gala, which incorporated silent and live auctions featuring fine art and wine. The event raised nearly $117,000 with all proceeds benefiting the Children’s Justice Center, an organization that provides a safe haven for child victims of abuse.

“It was a magical evening and the generosity was overwhelming,” says Gerry Dowdy Latshaw, Managing Principal Broker of Windermere Stellar’s Vancouver offices, who spearheaded the event. “The guests were moved by the work that the Children’s Justice Center does to not only protect the community from child predators, but to provide highly sensitive, specialized care to children who have experienced trauma.”

The Vancouver branch of the Windermere Foundation dedicates a majority of its fundraising dollars to the Children’s Justice Center. Over the past two years, the Foundation has donated $86,600. For more information on the center, visit




Native American totem poles restored and reinstalled at Oregon Zoo

by DIwpBacon on October 17, 2014
Totem Pole

Oregon Zoo volunteers help restore a totem pole originally carved by Chief Don “Lelooska” Smith at the 1959 Oregon Centennial. Photo by Kathy Street, courtesy of the Oregon Zoo.

Two Native American totem poles that loom tall in Oregon Zoo history have reappeared – newly refurbished, brightly painted and more striking than ever. The totem poles – one crafted by Chief Don “Lelooska” Smith and another by father-and-son artists Rex and Ray Losey – have been on the zoo campus for decades, becoming familiar visual cues for visitors over the years.

Lelooska’s Northwest coastal style totem pole – 50 feet tall and 42 inches in diameter – was carved from cedar during a 14-day period at the 1959 Oregon Centennial Exposition. The Losey totem pole, made in 1977, is 15 feet tall and about 16 to 20 inches in diameter. Carved by Rex Losey and his son Ray, the totem pole was initially made for the environmental nonprofit Greenpeace but was donated to the zoo. It depicts the effects of environmental pollution on Northwest animals such as otters, bears, wolves and eagles.

They were relocated last year as the zoo began a major transformation, breaking ground on both Condors of the Columbia , which opened in May, and Elephant Lands - a sweeping expansion of the zoo’s Asian elephant habitat that will quadruple the animals’ space and dramatically enhance their daily experiences. A reception was held this morning. For further details about the Oregon Zoo, visit


Friends of the Carpenter annual auction Oct. 18


Hand crafted queen bed frame available for auction. Photo courtesy of FOC.

Friends of the Carpenter (FOC) will host its annual auction on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 5:30 to 10 p.m. at the Hilton Vancouver, 301 W Sixth St. Tickets are $85 per person; a table of 10 can be purchased for $750.

The auction features dinner and both silent and live auctions. The silent auction will include over 100 items including gift baskets, and many wood working items and more. There will be 12 live auction items. A comprehensive list of live and silent auction items is available on-line here.

Event tickets can be purchased on-line at or at the FOC office, 1600 W. 20th St. For those unable to attend the auction, but would like to make a financial contribution to FOC, call 360-750-4752; mail a check to: FOC, P.O. Box 65358, Vancouver, WA 98665; or make an on-line donation at

WSU Vancouver’s MBA stakeholder speakers series features Mike Seely Oct. 20


UnknownThe community is invited to Washington State University Vancouver‘s fall MBA Stakeholder Speaker Series: “The Sweet Taste of Success: The Seely Farms Story.” Featuring WSU alumnus Mike Seely, owner of Seely Farms, the lecture will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20 in the Undergraduate Building, Room 1. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is free after 7 p.m.

Seely and his family produce mint products that sell in more than 600 stores nationwide. Learn how this third-generation mint farmer revolutionized his business by thinking outside the typical farm business structure, working with local and national stakeholders, and developing his own mint confections designed for a quality-seeking niche market.

Previously Seely Farms sold mint leaves to companies that produced mint-flavored products, but the U.S. mint industry was declining as price pressures forced growers out. Today, Seely Farms uses a portion of its crop to flavor its own high-quality mint confections, teas and candy canes. For further details, visit



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News Briefs

  • Two vacancies on the Community Action Advisory Board

    The Board of County Commissioners is seeking applicants to fill two seats on the Community Action Advisory Board. Both seats are to be filled by residents of Commissioner District 3. One seat is for a community representative and the other is for a low-income representative. Serving on the advisory board is voluntary. Terms are three years, starting Jan. 1, 2015. Applicants cannot be staff or board members of agencies that receive money administered by the advisory board. The nine-member board makes recommendations about local government funding intended to serve basic and essential housing, health and safety needs. The board also seeks to advocate for the removal of obstacles to self-sufficiency for low-income communities, families and individuals. For further information and application guidelines, visit

  • Aging expert to discuss state legislation Oct. 21

    Gail Haskett of the Washington State Council on Aging will be the featured speaker at the next meeting of the Clark County Commission on Aging. She will talk about the work of the council and Joint Legislative Executive Committee on Aging and Disability. The meeting will be Tuesday, Oct. 21 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the sixth-floor hearing room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St. It is open to the public, and a chance for Clark County residents to share concerns about needs of local residents. Following a national trend, Clark County’s population of 60+ is growing and projected to almost double by 2030. For more information, visit

  • Vancouver PC Users Group meets Oct. 21

    The Vancouver PC Users Group (VPCUG) will meet Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m., at The First Congregational Church, 1220 NE 68th St., Vancouver. This month’s program will be on members’ favorite websites. Visitors are always welcome. Visit or call 360-573-4163 for more information and a map.

  • Port of Vancouver USA approves sale of 9.6 acres to steel manufacturer Maruichi Northwest

    20130821_aerial_CIP_002-ppt-300x239An advanced manufacturing facility is poised to be the first development in the Port of Vancouver USA’s Centennial Industrial Park (CIP), a prime light-industrial site in southwestern Clark County. The port’s Board of Commissioners approved the sale of 9.6 acres in CIP to Maruichi Northwest in its regularly scheduled meeting last Tuesday. Read the full story here.

  • NPS purchases a vintage biplane for exhibit at Pearson Air Museum

    1737x1017xde-Havilland-DH-4B-NMUSAF.jpg.pagespeed.ic_.rNjmimLTwj-600x351The National Park Service at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site has purchased an extremely rare 1919 DeHavilland DH-4B “Liberty” biplane for exhibit at the national park’s Pearson Air Museum and Jack Murdock Aviation Center. A contract was signed in September between the National Park Service and Century Aviation of Wenatchee for the purchase and restoration of a DH-4B airframe from their collection. Delivery is expected in 2016. For the full article, click here.

  • SWWDC and partners receive $8.45 million to train 1,000 long-term unemployed and veterans

    dept-laborThe Southwest Washington/Portland Metro Area will receive nearly $8.5 million to train 850 long-term unemployed individuals and 150 veterans for jobs in manufacturing and information technology. The grant is part of $169,771,960 in Ready to Work grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor. The three-year grant will provide needs and skills assessments, job placement services, coaching, work-based training, and short-term intensive skills training for individuals in Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties. For the full article, click here.

  • Magenta Theater presents “Haunted: A Night of Magic” with Jay Fredericks Oct. 23 – 25

    10531393_10152409974578515_8592898400681833950_odflkjga;Magenta Theater and Mentalocity Entertainment present “Haunted” starting Thursday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. As Halloween and the Day of the Dead approach, and the walls between this world and the next begin to thin, join the Magenta Theater and Master Mentalist Jay Fredericks along with his magician cohorts on a journey into the dark realm of ghosts, haunts, and spirits. Guests will enjoy stories of the supernatural, ghosts, magic, and psychic phenomena. The performance runs through Saturday, Oct. 25. Tickets are $15 per person. For further information, visit or find details on a Facebook event page here.

  • Lifeline Connections to host open house Oct. 22

    CCHbuildingLifeline Connections will host an open house Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 3 to 6 p.m., in the Clark County Center for Community Health Building, 1601 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., Building #17, Room 210A-C, Vancouver. This free event is open to the public and will highlight powerful Lifeline alumni stories of recovery. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with individuals who are living full productive lives in recovery as well as learn about the diverse programs offered through Lifeline. Light refreshments will be served. Click here for the full story.

  • Columbia Writers Series presents Benjamin Percy Oct. 21

    percybestloresClark College welcomes author Benjamin Percy at the 2014 Columbia Writers Series set for Tuesday, Oct. 21. The series has been a part of Clark College since 1988, bringing local, national and international authors to the college throughout the year. The free, public lecture runs from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on campus in room PUB 258C. Click here for the full article.

  • October’s PubTalk: The Funding Continuum Oct. 21

    1391451_541409909270768_1531848515_nRegister now for the next Clark County PubTalk, set for Tuesday, Oct. 21 from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Artillery Barracks, 600 East Hatheway Rd. in Vancouver. The program will include presentations from Eric Preisz, CEO of Garage Games and Martha Howe, CEO and Ryan Jarvis, president of ShopBox, as well as entrepreneur and start-up specialist, Jon Maroney. For further details and to register, visit and click on the “Events Tab.” Find the event on Facebook here.