Clark County Habitat for Humanity store celebrates grand opening this Friday and Saturday

by DIwpBacon on July 24, 2014


The Clark County Habitat for Humanity Store (HFH) has opened in its new location at 10811 SE Mill Plain Blvd. Spending most of July preparing the new retail space, the HFH Store welcomes the public to its Grand Opening this weekend. Now sharing an address with Evergreen Habitat for Humanity, both foresee new opportunities to increase awareness about Habitat’s work in the Vancouver area.

The two day celebration kicks off Friday, July 25 with a ribbon cutting ceremony from 9 to 9:15 a.m. Weekend Warriors live radio broadcast will be on site, on Saturday, July 26, 10 a.m. to noon. Also on Saturday, BIA will host a remodelers garage sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular store hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The HFH Store raises funds to build affordable homes for families in the Vancouver/Portland areas and will fund nine homes this year. The stores sell donated building materials, appliances, furniture and other home improvement products at a fraction of retail prices. ReStores ease demand on natural resources by keeping usable materials out of the landfill. Last year alone, the three stores diverted over 3,500 tons of materials from the waste stream. For more information, visit





Dr. Bob Cromwell to serve as site manager at Pearson Air Museum

by DIwpBacon on July 24, 2014


The National Park Service has announced that Fort Vancouver National Historic Site (NHS) Archaeologist Robert J. Cromwell, Ph.D., has accepted a detail as the site manager for the Pearson Air Museum and the Jack Murdock Aviation Center. In this capacity, through an initial appointment of two years, Cromwell will manage operations, planning, and programming at the air museum complex, a unit of the National Park System, and will report directly to Tracy Fortmann, superintendent of Fort Vancouver NHS.

He will also work closely with other park staff, including Eva Dodd, the park’s special events coordinator stationed at the air museum, to continue and expand opportunities for special events and permitted uses at Pearson Air Museum (including the Historic Hangar and Tex Rankin Theater) and throughout the national park.

Cromwell is best known as a professional archaeologist and cultural resources manager, but he also has a past working in aviation, and an appreciation for all forms of historic transportation, including aviation history. This detail will provide Cromwell with the opportunity to blend his personal and professional passions, and to help develop new aviation-oriented exhibitry and programs that celebrate the history of Pearson Air Field.



Sign up now for Clark County’s fifth annual Golf Tournament Sept. 26


Join friends, family and colleagues Friday, Sept. 26, when Clark County hosts a scramble golf tournament at Tri-Mountain Golf Course, 1701 N.W. 299th St., Ridgefield. Shotgun start at 8 a.m. Arrive an hour early to sign in. Putting greens will be available for practice.

Participants receive 18 holes of golf, range balls, cart and pizza dinner. Prizes will go to the best overall score, straightest drive and others. The cost is $60 per person. Proceeds go to Clark County Employee Picnic Fund.

Register solo or as a team of four by Friday, Sept. 19. Send a check made out to Clark County Employee Picnic Fund along with your name, your organization name, phone number, email address and the number of team members to: Jennifer Clark, Board of County Commissioners, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000. Contact Clark at 360-397-2232 or For questions about the tournament, call Carl Oman at 360-397-2446 ext. 1621.

Country Financial Friday Movies in the Park continues with “The Goonies” tomorrow


The City of Vancouver has announced the schedule for Country Financial Friday Movies in the Park held every Friday for six consecutive weeks and this Friday, July 25,will be The Goonies, at Marshall Community Center , McLoughlin Blvd. near Clark College. These free movies begin at dusk.

The Goonies is a 1985 American adventure–comedy film directed by Richard Donner. The screenplay was written by Chris Columbus from a story by executive producer Steven Spielberg. The film’s premise features a band of pre-teens who live in the “Goon Docks” neighborhood of Astoria, Oregon attempting to save their homes from demolition, and in doing so, discover an old Spanish map that leads them on an adventure.

Food vendors will offer a wide selection of meals, snacks, and beverages. Blankets and sand chairs are recommended. Barbeques, smoking and alcohol are prohibited, unless in designated areas (no alcohol may be brought into the park). Dogs on a leash are welcome. For more information, click here.

Dine at The Original Taco House on July 30 and help Daybreak Youth Services

Unknown-2Join Daybreak Youth Services at The Original Taco House in Vancouver on July 30 and August 20 anytime from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and half of your purchase will be donated to support summer programs for teens in treatment. Don’t forget to tell the server: “I am here to support Daybreak.”
Daybreak has been successfully treating teens for drug and alcohol abuse for over twenty years. It is committed to serving teens and their families, and have become an innovative leader in the youth drug and alcohol treatment field.
 The Original Taco House is located at 10820 NE Coxley Dr., Vancouver. For more information about Daybreak Youth Services, visit Connect with them on Facebook, here.


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  • Book sale at the Camas Public Library July 25 and 26

    Held in conjunction with the Camas Days Festival, the Camas Public Library will hold a booksale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Friday and Saturday, July 25 and 26. The library is located at 625 NE Fourth Ave. in downtown Camas. For further details, visit

  • Workshop on “HECM 4 Purchase” program Aug. 6

    Those 62 or older who are thinking of buying a new home are invited to a workshop on the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) 4 Purchase Loan at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, August 6, at the Building Industry Association, 103 E 29th St. in Vancouver. The HECM 4 Purchase is a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) insured home loan that allows seniors to use the equity from the sale of a previous residence to buy their next primary home in one transaction. Featured presenter is Edward Frankel, HECM 4 Purchase specialist. For further details and to register, call 360-597-4314.

  • Patrick Ginn named one of America’s Best Real Estate Agents by Real Trends and

    Patrick Ginn, a Vancouver-based real estate agent, has been recognized by REAL Trends and as one of America’s Best Real Estate Agents, taking top honors in Washington State. In order to be included in the ranking of over 9,500 of the nation’s top professionals, agents must have closed at least 50 transactions, compared to the industry average of seven. In their list of Washington State’s top real estate agents, Ginn accomplished 240 transaction sides, and $88,350,176 in sales volume, ranking him 1st and 2nd in the entire state respectively. In the Portland, Vancouver, and Hillsboro metropolitan area, Ginn ranked 1st in sales volume and 2nd in transaction sides. Visit to learn more and see The 2014 REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents list. For more information about Ginn, visit

  • “Come the the Table” community gathering in Vancouver’s Uptown Village July 27

    come_to_the_table_t_nvCome to the Table” happens this Sunday, July 27, from noon to 2 p.m. This free community event, put on by The City of Vancouver and the Ryan Woods Memorial Grassroots Foundation, will take place on Main Street between 19th and 20th Streets. All are welcome to come meet neighbors and listen to live music while enjoying food from the potluck, food vendors, or something brought from home. Potluck tables will be set up at the corner of Main and 20th, and Ginger Pop has generously donated plates, napkins and eating utensils. For more information, call 360-487-8641 or email Details can also be found, here.

  • Tod and Maxine McClaskey Foundation awards $750,000 to Children’s Center

    imagesChildren’s Center has announced a very generous $750,000 gift from the Tod and Maxine McClaskey Foundation. The money will go toward the nonprofit agency’s capital campaign to support development of a new building to house Children’s Center in east Vancouver. In honor of the gift, the largest private gift to date in the capital campaign, Children’s Center will name the therapy garden in memory of Maxine McClaskey, who was an avid gardener, and the leadership wing will be named in memory of Tod McClaskey, Sr. For the full article, click here.

  • Curtis Salgado performs at the next Riverview Six to Sunset concert July 24

    images-1The Riverview Six to Sunset concert series continues at 6 p.m. tonight, July 24, in Esther Short Park. The free series takes place every Thursday night between 5 and 8 p.m. through August 14, and features performances from a different band each evening. This Thursday, guests will enjoy a performance from Curtis Salgado. For the full article, click here.

  • Tidewater acquires assets of West Coast Marine Cleaning Inc.
    bargeLines1Tidewater has announced that it will acquire the assets of West Coast Marine Cleaning, Inc., a Vancouver-based marine & industrial cleaning services company. West Coast Marine Services will operate through a division of Tidewater Environmental Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tidewater Holdings, Inc. West Coast Marine will stay headquartered at its current Vancouver location with Robby Baker, GM, continuing to lead the 63 employee team. For the full story, click here.
  • Volunteers needed for Columbia River Concours d’Elegance Aug. 3; training July 26

    The Fort Vancouver National Trust is seeking 150 dedicated and talented volunteers to lend a hand at one of Vancouver’s classic summer events, the Columbia River Concours d’Elegance, on Sunday, August 3. Individuals, service organizations, corporate groups and all others are encouraged to volunteer to sell and collect tickets at the gates, work as vehicle zone attendants or traffic control. For questions, contact Natalie Crippen, at 360-992-1808 or Volunteer shifts are just a few hours long in addition to a short training session prior to event day on Saturday, July 26. All volunteers receive free admission to the event and a parking pass. For more information about specific job descriptions and to download an application, visit

  • Free dinner and discussion on energy conservation for homeowners July 28 and 29

    Homeowners are invited to a free dinner and discussion on energy conservation at Heathman Lodge. Attendees can learn how to significantly cut energy costs; about government tax programs that pay for you to improve your home; and the latest technologies to make your whole house more comfortable. Interested parties can choose to attend Monday, July 28 or Tuesday, July 29, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Menu selections include New York steak, grilled Alaskan king salmon, and grilled portobello ravioli. RSVP at 1-888-405-8689 with RSVP Code: 300100.

  • Save the Date: Sonia Manzano speaks at the YWCA annual luncheon Sept. 10

    Sonia Manzano will speak on the limitless potential of children at this year’s luncheon, highlighting the Y’s Care Children’s Program. Manzano is an American actor and writer best known for her role as Maria on Sesame Street which she has played since 1971. The 2014 Inspire Luncheon takes place Wednesday, September 10, at the Vancouver Hilton, 301 W. Sixth St. Individual tickets to the luncheon are $50; tables of 10 are $500. For more information and to register, visit For the full story, click here.

  • 1860′s vintage base ball returns to Fort Vancouver July 26

    688px-Baseball2011After a one-year respite, the National Park Service will bring back 1860s vintage base ball to the historic Parade Ground at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. The game, played according to the rules in place in 1867, will be played by costumed staff and volunteers portraying two of the Pacific Northwest’s first baseball teams, the Occidental Base Ball Club of Vancouver and the Pioneer Base Ball Club of Portland. The nine-inning match game will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 26. Click here for the full article.

  • Board to examine toll-free East County Bridge proposal July 25

    A special meeting of the Board of County Commissioners is set for 6 p.m. Friday, July 25, for the commissioners, community leaders and public to learn about a toll-free East County Bridge proposal. Linda Figg will introduce a proposal in the Public Service Center, sixth-floor hearing room, 1300 Franklin St. She is president and chief executive of Figg Engineering Group, a national firm with headquarters in Tallahassee, Fla. The meeting will include time for questions, but not for public comment.

    A separate public hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, at the same location. The commissioners then will hear public testimony before deciding whether to arrange an advisory vote in November to gauge public support for the bridge near Southeast 192nd Ave.

  • City offers Summer Street Tree Pruning workshop July 24

    Learn how to properly prune while keeping trees strong and healthy at Vancouver Urban Forestry‘s TreeTalk Workshop from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, July 24, in the Hough Neighborhood. Participants will meet at Hough Elementary School, 1900 Daniels St., for hands-on instruction in pruning young street trees for clearance and structure. This outdoor workshop will be led by ISA certified Urban Forestry staff who will provide a brief overview of proper pruning techniques and instruct attendees in techniques and tips for pruning trees. Participants should dress for the weather, bringing their own gloves. If possible, participants are encouraged to bring bypass hand pruners. Register in advance by calling 360-487-8308 or emailing Space is limited. For more information, visit

  • Camas Days Festival this weekend

    10308185_316768048474735_302902999823175168_nEach year during the Camas Days Festival, downtown Camas plays host to an array of family activities, live music, and great food and local wine and beer. This year, the festival is set for Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26 in conjuction with the annual Ducky Derby and the Lacamas Lake Half Marathon and 5K. For detailed information, including a schedule of events, click here. Click here for the full story.

  • Find Waldo in Vancouver through July

    Wheres-Waldo-logoWhere’s Waldo? In Vancouver, of course. The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting twenty-six different local businesses and resources throughout Vancouver this July. Those who spot him can win prizes, including buttons, books, magic kits and more. There is no charge to participate, and the hunt lasts for the entire month of July. For more information, call Vintage Books at 360-694-9519. For the original story, click here.

  • Relay for Life of Vancouver July 26 and 27

    cv_99_1728871116847954408The opening ceremony for the 26th annual Relay for Life of Vancouver kicks off at 10 a.m. this Saturday, July 26, at McLoughlin Middle School, 5802 MacArthur Blvd. in Vancouver. The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is a fundraising event that celebrate people who have battled cancer, remembers loved ones lost, and provides participants with an opportunity to fight back against the disease. For more information and to register a team, visit For the full article, click here.

  • Leadership Clark County seeks nominations for “2014 Outstanding Alumnus”
    index_logoLeadership Clark County (LCC) is accepting nominations for its 2014 Outstanding Alumnus Award. Nominees should be LCC alums who have worked to benefit the Clark County Community and supported LCC over the past 12 months. The deadline to submit is July 28.Nominators should submit their name and contact information, the nominee’s name and email address; and a brief description of why the nominee deserves to be recognized as this year’s Outstanding Alum. More details, and a list of LCC alumni, are available at
  • Vacancy on the Public Facilities District board of directors

    The Board of County Commissioners is seeking applicants to fill an unexpired term on the Public Facilities District board of directors. The term expires Dec. 31, 2014. The board’s duties relate to administration of the Public Facilities District (PFD) created by the Board of County Commissioners in 2002. The district participates in the development of regional centers, including the convention center in Vancouver and exhibition hall at the Clark County Fairgrounds. Board members are paid $50 per day while attending meetings. The commissioners are seeking applicants with experience in: the tourism industry; marketing, events and promotion; hotels and convention centers; facility operations and finance; economic development; and general knowledge about Clark County. Application deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13. For more information and application instructions, click here.