Ceremonial groundbreaking for the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial Mar. 11

by DIwpBacon on March 2, 2015
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Photo courtesy of the Columbian

The public is invited to a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial on Wednesday, Mar. 11, at 11 a.m. The memorial will be located on the grounds of Kiwanis Park near the intersection of SW Third Ave. and SW Fourth St. To date, 30 local veterans have been identified as having lost their lives in service. Families and loved ones may also purchase a brick to be placed at the memorial, engraved with a veteran’s name, branch of service and dates served.

Funding for the Veterans Memorial project is solely dependent on public donations and contributions. Monetary donations from individuals, businesses and organizations have exceeded $26,000. In-kind donations have supported fundraising events and local contractors have stepped up to provide many of the services and materials to construct the memorial. Fundraising efforts continue in order to complete all phases of the memorial.

Visit www.cityofbg.org/veteransmemorial to view a list of the honored veterans; to nominate a veteran for the memorial; to purchase a brick in honor of a veteran, to view the memorial concept plan; and for fundraising event and donation information.



“Go Green” for First Friday in downtown Camas Mar. 6

by DIwpBacon on March 2, 2015


It’s First Friday in downtown Camas and the community is invited to a very family-friendly evening of shopping, music, dining, games, and prizes this Friday, Mar. 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. The theme this month is “Go Green!” Leprechauns will be hidden in participating businesses and those who find them will be entered to win a “Go Green” basket.

The evening features live music at several businesses, a ribbon cutting celebration for Dance Evolution, Eartha the Clown with her Cockatoo, and S’more roasting (weather permitting). In addition, the “Green Zone” returns to Journey church with fun educational activities and giveaways from local non-profits such as  The Master Gardeners, Waste Connections, Green Neighbors, the Master Composter/Recyclers and more.

Those wearing green will receive a free raffle ticket to be entered to win prizes from the merchants. Wear a fun green hat and receive three. The monthy events are always free and family friendly. For more information, including a list of participating businesses, visit www.downtowncamas.com/events.

Salmon Creek Hospital Foundation awards grants for medical programs


The Salmon Creek Hospital Foundation board of trustees recently approved 13 grants, totaling $52,735, in support of programs and services at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. Donations from patients, their families, Legacy Health employees and the broader community made these grants possible.

Among the programs the grants will fund is the Legacy Salmon Creek Compassionate Prescriptions Fund, which provides a one- to two-week supply of prescription medication for patients who lack resources to purchase the necessary medications needed in order for them to leave the hospital.

Legacy Salmon Creek’s Spiritual Care Team received funding to help patients heal through therapeutic music and expressive arts therapy, projected to serve at least 400 patients. Other vital services receiving funding include Legacy’s Child Passenger Safety program and Legacy’s Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Education program.

The Foundation advocates and raises funds for Legacy Salmon Creek – part of Legacy Health – the largest locally owned, nonprofit health care provider in Oregon and Southwest Washington. To make a donation or learn more about supporting Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, call 360-487-3457. For more information about the work of Legacy Health foundations, call the Office of Philanthropy at 503-415-4700 or visit www.legacyhealth.org/giving.

Commonfund president and CEO to join the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust as Visiting Fellow


BOM200906F1-6_170x170The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust has announced the newest Visiting Fellow, Verne Sedlacek. Sedlacek was President and Chief Executive Officer of Commonfund from July, 2003 to January, 2015. He joined Commonfund in 2002 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

“Mr. Sedlacek is one of the nation’s leading thinkers on the role and work of the nonprofit sector and their boards,” says Steve Moore, Executive Director of the M.J. Murdock Trust. “We are honored to have the opportunity to have him partner with us as we serve the nonprofit sector and other constituencies in the Pacific Northwest, particularly the higher education sector.”

Previously Sedlacek served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the Harvard Management Company. He also has served on many not-for-profit and for-profit boards including the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. He has been a frequent contributor to CNBC and FOX Business and has authored many publications involving not-for-profits and investments. For more information on the Murdock Trust, visit www.murdock-trust.org.


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News Briefs

  • Noche de Familia at WSU Vancouver Mar. 5

    WSU Vancouver invites students and their families to Noche de Familia at 5 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 5, in the Firstenburg Student Commons. Noche de Familia takes place entirely in Spanish. Latino families are invited to come learn about preparing for college, obtaining financial aid and more. Dinner will be provided. WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave., east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205. Free parking is available in Orange 2 lot.  English translation will be provided to those who need it and dinner will be served. For more information, contact Amanda Shannahan at 360-546-9182 or amanda.shannahan@vancouver.wsu.edu.

  • Hall Mediations Services offers workshop on divorce Mar. 3

    cl30842_150Laura Hall, of Hall Mediations Services, will host a workshop on divorce this Wednesday, Mar. 3, at 7 p.m. Admission is $10. Topics include:

    Creating a parenting plan
    How child support is calculated
    How to access free and low cost legal information and resources
    Choosing a Mediator, Attorney, and other professionals
    Put together financial documents
    Discuss spousal maintenance


    Hall Mediation Services is located at 10000 NE 7th Ave., Ste. 400 in Vancouver. For more information, call 360-524-1762

  • First-installment 2015 property tax statements have been mailed

    Unknown-3Doug Lasher, Clark County Treasurer, has announced that first-installment 2015 property tax statements have been mailed. Property tax statements include property tax levy amounts, special assessments, and certain fees. There were 94,852 statements mailed, 73,846 postcards mailed for those taxpayers whose mortgage company pays their taxes, and 881 e-statements sent. Taxpayers whose statements are not paid through a mortgage company and have not received their statement within ten days should visit www.clark.wa.gov/treasurer or call the Treasurer’s Office at 360-397-2252. Taxpayers are responsible for paying their first-installment property taxes by Thursday, Apr. 30, in order to avoid interest and penalties. In addition, if a taxpayer has moved within the past six months, the Treasurer’s Office needs to be notified because it does not receive address changes made through the post office. For more information and payment options, visit www.clark.wa.gov/treasurer/.

  • VSO Chamber Series’ annual Family Concert Mar. 8

    Columbia River Brass QuintetThe VSO Chamber Series will present its annual Family Concert at 3 p.m., Sunday, Mar. 8, at Kiggins TheatreBrass on the Loose is a lighthearted and fun introduction to the brass family of instruments by some of the area’s most renowned brass musicians. Also on the same program is Opera Quest Northwest, a group of five young singers and a pianist will bring a live program called “Opera the Great.” Opera Quest Northwest is a nonprofit group dedicated to bringing the world of opera to school-age children. For the original story, click here.

  • CCHM First Thursday Lecture: The Pioneering Women of Clark County Politics Mar. 5

    Women-in-Clark-County-PoliticsClark County Historical Museum will host the next “First Thursday” this Thursday, Mar. 5, at 7 p.m. The event features a panel of past and present female community leaders of Clark County that will discuss the changes they have seen in Southwest Washington during their careers, and the legacy they leave for future generations. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for children under 18, and is free with a museum membership. Doors open at 5 p.m. Click here for the full story.

  • Fort Vancouver National Historic Site proposes entrance fee increase, public comments sought through Mar. 27

    Unknown-2Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is soliciting public comments concerning possible fee increases in 2015 and 2016. Under the park’s proposal, the entrance fee to the reconstructed stockade site would change from $3 to $5 in 2015 and $7 in 2016 for an individual, and would remain valid for reentrance for seven days. The park’s annual pass would increase from $10 to $20 in 2015 and $30 in 2016, and would continue to allow admittance of four adults. Click here for the full story.

  • Genealogical class offered at CCGS Mar. 3

    Those interested in researching their family’s genealogy can now take a class with the Clark County Genealogical Society (CCGS). “Get Your Ducks in a Row: Genealogical Housekeeping 201″ will be held Tuesday, Mar. 3, at 10 a.m. Classes are taught by Jane Germann, a member of CCGS since 1984. She has been a mainstay of education, teaching classes from introductory to courthouse research to publishing and everything in between. Germann will discuss some easy and painless ways to keep track of genealogical files. Classes are $12 for CCGS members and $15 for non-members. The class fee can be paid with registration or at the door. Exact cash amount or check is appreciated. Although walk-ins won’t be turned away, preregistration is requested at: www.ccgs-wa.org. Classes with insufficient registration one week in advance will be canceled. Those registered will be notified and any fee paid will be refunded.

  • Second Story Gallery presents a “Sisters’ Circle” in March, reception Mar. 6

    roundcubeA new exhibit opens with an artists reception next Friday, Mar. 6, in the Second Story Gallery in the Camas Public Library. “Murmurations of Art,” is a five-woman show by local artists working in every style and medium. The reception is set for 5 to 8 p.m. The library is located at 625 N.E. Fourth Ave., Camas. Visitors are welcome to the gallery during regular library hours: 10 a.m to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. The exhibit runs through March 28. Photo at left is a piece by participating artist, Judith Sanders. ”Sisters’ Circle” is a wood piece that represents all five women in the exhibit. For more information, call 360-834-4692 or visit www.secondstorygallery.org.

  • Nominations sought for Public Health Community Award

    Clark County Public Health welcomes nominations for the annual Public Health Community Award, which recognizes an individual or organization for outstanding contributions to promoting and protecting community health. Nominations are due March 31. Forms are available on the Public Health website at www.clark.wa.gov/public-health. Completed forms can be submitted online, by mail or in person. Details are on the form. “The Public Health Advisory Council is especially interested in hearing about individuals or organizations in Clark County that work to prevent health problems, forge partnerships and strive for communitywide outcomes,” says Trevor Evers, council chair. The award will be presented during the Clark County Board of Health meeting at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 22, in the sixth-floor hearing room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.

  • Humane Society’s “Walk/Run for the Animals” May 2

    square_2015_walkgraphicbanner_375x375Pet lovers of all athletic abilities are invited to bring their dogs and other amazing animals to the annual Walk/Run for the Animals, a fundraising event organized by the Humane Society for Southwest Washington (HSSW). The event takes places on Saturday, May 2, beginning at 7:30 a.m., at Esther Short Park in Vancouver. Registration is $35 per person; those 12 and under are free. Click here for the full article.

  • Salvation Army opens new store in Vancouver, grand opening celebration Mar. 5

    Goods-Thrift-Stores-562x374The Salvation Army is opening a new Family Store in Vancouver, at 11808 NE 4th Plain Blvd. A grand opening celebration will start at 9 a.m. Thursday, Mar. 5. The event includes a ribbon cutting, in-store promotions, raffle prizes, a Portland Trail Blazer autographed basketball, as well as other prizes. Additionally, iHeartMedia will host a “Make a Basket Trail Blazer” ticket giveaway. All proceeds from sales in The Salvation Army Family Stores directly supports The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center. Click here for the full article.

  • AFP March membership meeting and luncheon features Mark Koenig Mar. 6

    Unknown2Mark Koenig, senior director for Advancement Services for the Oregon State University Foundation (OSU), will present “Prioritizing your Prospect Pipeline” on Friday, Mar. 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Multnomah Athletic Club. 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 is sponsored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Oregon & SW Washinton. The cost for the event is $35 for AFP members, $25 for AFP Young Professional members and $50 for nonmembers and guests. Click here for the full story.

  • “Killer Fiction” with Chelsea Cain at WSU Vancouver Mar. 3

    cc-9WSU Vancouver’s Professional Writers Series continues Tuesday, Mar. 3, with author Chelsea Cain. Cain will discuss how to write “killer fiction.” The author sets her thrillers in Portland. Described by the New York Times as “steamy and perverse,” her mysteries pit detective Archie Sheridan against serial killer Gretchen Lowell. Her latest book, One Kick (2014), introduces the Kick Lannigan series. The free, public lecture runs from 7 to 9 p.m., and will be held in the WSU Vancouver Library Building, Room 265.

  • Public input sought on county parks

    DSC_0073Clark County is asking residents what they want in their parks system. The county is working with the seven-member Parks Advisory Board to update a long-range plan that will guide purchase of land for parks and development of parks, trails, sports fields and other amenities. Residents can participate by taking an online survey that will help set priorities. The survey, which takes about five minutes to complete, is available at www.clark.wa.gov/parks. In addition, three open houses are also scheduled. Click here for the full story.

  • Buy Vancouver USA presents Doug Booth Mar. 3

    2124c9aBuy Vancouver USA, an alliance of local independent businesses dedicated to growing Clark County’s economy by promoting the “shop local” message, will meet Tuesday, Mar. 3, at 7 p.m., at Dave’s Killer Magic Shop, 1707 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. The speaker will be Doug Booth of The Columbian‘s advertising department. Booth will share tips for writing memorable ad copy and marketing materials. The free meeting is open to all locally-owned businesses and anyone interested. For more information, visit www.buyvancouverusa.org or www.facebook.com/buyvancouverusa.

  • Twelfth annual Father Daughter Dinner and Dance Mar. 13

    FDDD PhotoDaughters of all ages and their father figures are invited to a fun-filled evening of making memories at the 12th annual Father Daughter Dinner Dance. The event is set for Friday, Mar. 13, from 6 to 10 p.m., at the Vancouver Hilton. Tickets are $50 per person. The event includes dinner, dancing to the tunes of DJ Craig Brown, special portrait photography, crafts, door prizes, special mementoes, and more. Semi-formal attire is encouraged but not required. Proceeds will benefit Northwest Family Services. Reservations must be made by Monday, March 9. Click here for the full story.

  • Telecommunications Commission to conduct review of Comcast performance

    images-1The City/County Telecommunications Commission will conduct its biennial public review of Comcast Cable‘s performance, Wednesday, Mar. 4, at 3:30 p.m., in Vancouver City Council Chambers, 415 W Sixth St. The session will also be televised live on Clark/Vancouver Television Cable Channel 23/323 HD. Call-in comments and questions will be accepted during the hearing between approximately 3:50 and 4:30 p.m. The phone number will be available on-screen during the live hearing. Citizens interested in submitting written testimony are asked to mail their comments to City/County Cable Television Office, P. O. Box 1995, Vancouver, Washington, 98668, or email them to tracie.looney@cityofvancouver.us. Written comments will be accepted through April 3. For more information, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/tc.

  • Rocksolid’s annual “Lucky Shamrock” auction and dinner Mar. 14

    _DSC6139eRiverview Community Bank and S&T Truck Repair present “Lucky Shamrock: A Night of Fundraising” from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 14, to benefit Rocksolid Community Teen Center. The auction is held at Battle Ground Community Center, 912 E Main St. in Battle Ground. Dinner is catered by Mill Creek Pub. Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased online here or by calling 360-885-2181. Rocksolid Community Teen Center provides a place for kids that is safe and fun with adult supervision and good peer support, hoping to affect lives and influence the future choices and good decisions for teens. To learn more, visit www.rocksolid-teen.com.