Green Business Program helps participants hone their operations

by DIwpBacon on October 30, 2014


Local businesses are invited to a series of three free classes to learn ways to save money and reduce waste. Completing the classes is the first step toward being recognized as a Clark County Green Business at the Fourth Annual Green Business Showcase on March 19, 2015.

Clark County’s Green Business Program guides participants through web-based assessments of their operations and provides tips for reducing energy use, increasing recycling, managing polluted storm runoff and implementing other sustainable practices. Participants receive marketing tools and opportunities to network with other businesses.

Green Businesses also receive recognition through window decals, ability to use the Green Business logo use on promotional materials, a profile in the Green Business Directory, an award to display and invitations to networking events and tours. For an invitation to the two-hour classes, sign up at Classes are scheduled for Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 20, Dec. 4, and Jan. 15 in the sixth-floor hearing room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St. in Vancouver.




WEO meeting: Using Parenting Tricks to be a Better Business Owner Nov. 19

by DIwpBacon on October 30, 2014


Women Entrepreneurs Organization of SW Washington (WEO) monthly meeting features author and speaker Shari Storm Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 5 p.m., at the Heathman Lodge, 7801 NE Greenwood Dr. in Vancovuer. Storm says that whether it’s employees, customers, volunteers, family or friends, being good at moving others will makes a better entrepreneur.

The presentation will explore how to guide people through change, how to motivate people to get things done and how to ensure that employees are good ambassadors for business – both online and in real life. Spotlight Speakers include Donna Mac, owner, Auntie Donna Pet Nanny; and Liz

Registration is $37.50 for members; $41.50 for visitors, and includes buffet, dessert, coffee, tea, tax & tip. For further details and to register, visit WEO is also on Facebook, here.

Clark College, Bank of America partner to break down barriers to access


Bank of America has donated $20,000 to provide training for Clark College instructors and local community partners to help people in poverty navigate social services and education. The one-time training session for 50 staff members will ensure Clark College and local agencies work in unison to boost access to services.

The goal of the grant is to assist people, who live in poverty, to become self-sufficient by attaining education and jobs. “Since 44 percent of Clark students are low-income and first-generation college students, this initiative is central to our campus,” says Lisa Gibert, president/CEO, Clark College Foundation. “Teaching skills on how to use a search engine, navigate and access transportation and steps in applying for financial aid or scholarships are just a few of the countless areas we can help students become self- reliant.”

Training will be conducted by Tigard, Oregon-based Communication Across Barriers using a model called Opportunity Community. The model defines the real causes of poverty and serves individuals who live in different types of poverty, provides training resources for community professionals and provides structures to help people get out of poverty and prosper.

Caps N’ Taps celebrates one and a half years this Saturday


Join Caps N’ Taps in downtown Camas for a one and a half year celebration this Saturday, Nov. 1. They will feature beer from Fort George Brewery and will have 19 of their beers on tap including some special beers brought in just for the event. For each beer purchased, folks will get a ticket for the raffle drawings throughout the night for Fort George gear. Inner City Bluez will be playing from 8 to 10:30 p.m.

Caps N’ Taps opened May 2013 after seeing a lack of craft beer supply for a growing demand in the Downtown Camas community.The taproom and bottle shop specializes in 20 rotating taps, over 100 specialty bottled brews, and regional wines.

For more information, visit or find them on Facebook here.



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News Briefs

  • The Daily Insider reminds the community to vote for the VPS Lunch Program every day through Nov. 17

    10408613_791790687529783_5664335445358614541_nDavidson & Associates Insurance Agency in Vancouver is the recipient of a Safeco Insurance Make More Happen Award for its volunteer service with the Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools. The community is encouraged to vote online daily to help the foundation win $10,500. The contest in on now and runs through Monday, Nov. 17. To vote, visit Scroll down toward the bottom and click on the “Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools” figure. For further details about the Safeco Make More Happen Award and contest, click here.

  • Port of Woodland announces maintenance closure Nov. 1 through Nov. 30

    The Port of Woodland will be temporarily closing a portion of Martin Bar Park due to the on-going Columbia River Channel Maintenance dredging project. The area affected will be between the Martin Bar sand pit and the river and to the immediate sides, and will be in effect from November 1 through November 30. The Port advises people visiting the area to not trespass around the temporary barriers as there will be security onsite. Contact Jennifer Keene, executive director at the Port of Woodland regarding questions about the closure at 360-225-6555, or at the Port of Woodland office at 115 Davidson Ave. in Woodland.

  • Train horn quiet zone set for Chelsea Ave. railroad crossing in Vancouver

    The City of Vancouver has established a “train horn quiet zone” at the Southeast Chelsea Ave. railroad crossing. This location had been the last public crossing at which routine horns were still required to blow along the entire rail route from west downtown Vancouver all the way to the southeast corner of the City limits near SE 164th Ave. The City installed several required elements including: median curbing, vertical reflectorized panels and some pedestrian access measures for users of nearby Wintler Park. Cost of these required improvements was less than $10,000. The routine sounding of train horns at the Chelsea crossing are scheduled to cease by the end of November. It is important to note that although a train horn quiet zone exists, if a train operator perceives a hazard on or near the tracks, the train horn will be used to warn that the train is coming. For information, visit

  • Two Ridgefield schools earn 2014 Schools of Distinction Awards

    Two Ridgefield schools: View Ridge Middle School and South Ridge Elementary School, were selected by the Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) in partnership with the Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD), the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP), Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA), Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA), and Washington State Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (WSASCD) as 2014 Schools of Distinction in an announcement made last Tuesday. In order to receive a School of Distinction Award, schools must demonstrate outstanding improvement in reading and math scores sustained over a five-year period. Schools of Distinction represent only the top 5% of schools in Washington State for improvement at their respective levels.

  • Vancouver Chamber’s Darcy Altizer hired as SWCA executive director

    2a9dcd3The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) has announced that Darcy Altizer, VP of Membership Services, has been named the new Executive Director of Southwest Washington Contractors Association (SWCA). As Executive Director she will be in charge of growing and maintaining SWCA’s membership base and program development. She will also manage the overall financial health of the organization. Click here for the full article.

  • Soil expert Kristin Ohlson at Vintage Books Nov. 1

    la-la-ca-0307-kristin-ohlson2-jpg-20140311Bestselling author and soil expert Kristin Ohlson will be at Vintage Books on Saturday, Nov. 1,  at 2 p.m. to give a talk about the hidden dynamics of soil and its potential to save the planet. In The Soil Will Save Us, Ohlson makes an elegantly argued, passionate case for “our great green hope”—a way to heal the land but also turn atmospheric carbon into beneficial soil carbon—and potentially reverse global warming. Click here for the full story.

  • World renown violinist Elmar Oliveira performs with the VSO this weekend

    Elmar 061In one of the most eagerly anticipated weekends of the season, virtuoso Elmar Oliveira will play the Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Guests will also enjoy Festive Overture, by Shostakovich; and Symphony No. 7, by Prokofief. Maestro Salvador Brotons will conduct. Performanes are this Saturday, Nov. 1, at 3 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. The Skyview Concert Hall is located at 1300 NW 139th St., Vancouver. Admission is $25 per person; $10 for students with identification. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

  • Watch your vote count Nov. 4 on CVTV channel 23 or

    Asha Your Vote Counts ButtonoaisjdfClark/Vancouver Television (CVTV), local government cable channel 23, will provide the only live, local election night television coverage in Clark County starting at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4. Viewers can turn to Comcast channel 23 for up-to-the-minute Clark County election results, analysis and commentary. Live CVTV election coverage is also available to viewers at Coverage will include candidate interviews at Clark College’s Gaiser Hall by Dave Schmitke, CVTV Contributor, and Dr. Carolyn Long, Associate Professor for the Department of Political Science at WSU Vancouver.

  • Annual LadyBug Bazaar in Battle Ground Nov. 1

    MAC17_NATNOTES01This year’s annual LadyBug Bazaar will be held this Saturday, Nov. 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the two-gym complex at Battle Ground High School, plus an upstairs mezzanine in the larger gym. The main parking lot is off S. Parkway Ave. Watch for the Ladybug Bazaar signs in downtown Battle Ground. Admission is free with a suggested donation of nonperishable food. Click here for the original story.

  • Vanguard Market Update with Bill Hammer tonight at 6:30 p.m.

    BenHammerMartel Wealth Advisors invite community members to a Vanguard Market Update with Bill Hammer tonight, Thursday, Oct. 30 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Heathman Lodge, 7801 NE Greenwood Dr. in Vancouver. Hammer has been a CFA with Vanguard since 2005 and represents Vanguard to individuals and institutional investors nationwide. During the presentation, he will discuss Vanguard’s recent research on fixed income returns, future equity returns, and baby-boomer’s effect on equities. Refreshments will be served. Early registration is recommended as seating is limited for this fall educational event. To RSVP, click here.

  • Willamette Radio Workshop reenacts “War of the Worlds” tonight

    OrsonWellesTo celebrate the 76th anniversary of the 1938 radio broadcast of War of the WorldsWillamette Radio Workshop will re-enact the broadcast live in front of an audience at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St. in Vancouver. This event is free and open to the public. The re-enactment is part of “Radio Re-Imagined,” a collaboration between WSU Vancouver’s Creative Media and Digital Culture program, Willamette Radio Workshop and the Kiggins Theatre. Directed by Sam A. MowryWar of the Worlds is the first in a series of shows that will take place at Kiggins Theatre, in a multimedia format that introduces student works alongside the live broadcasts. For the full article, click here.

  • Donations sought for Holiday Food Boxes

    10711115_10152816128032458_1055317974364531093_nIt’s Holiday Food Box time at One Life. This year it hopes to distribute 100 Thanksgiving and 100 Christmas food boxes. Each box includes three to five days worth of emergency food, as well as a turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pie. Each box costs approximately $17 for a family of four. Donate online at, or mail a donation check to PO Box 66, Battle Ground, WA 98604. Frozen turkeys and nonperishable food is also welcome. One Life is a non-profit charitable community service organization that serves at risk youth, individuals and families in Clark County.

  • Seasons of the Heart art reception Nov. 1

    An artist reception will be held for a new exhibit at the Cascade Park Library Community Room this Saturday, Nov. 1, at 12:30 p.m. Three local artists: Lani Sakai, Carol DeGregory and Marilyn Estenes present their original pastel paintings and photography during November and December. Vistitors can meet the artists and enjoy refreshments, music and a chance to vote for the People’s Choice Award. The library is located at 600 NE 136th Ave. in Vancouver.

  • Tickets available for “Symbol of Freedom: My Enemy, My Friend” events Nov. 4 and 5

    VIP ReceptionThe Symbol of Freedom: My Enemy, My Friend is a two event series presented by Riverview Community Bank to elevate knowledge of CDM Caregiving Services. The VIP event, set for Tuesday, Nov. 4, will offer an intimate gathering with Special Guest Speakers Brig. Gen. Cherry and Lt. Hong My. The evening on Wednesday, Nov. 5 is a dinner served at the Vancouver Hilton and will feature excerpts from My Enemy, My Friend, a story of reconciliation from the Vietnam War, as told by Brigadier General Cherry and Lt. Hong My. Click here for the full article.

  • Beaches Cash Back Day benefits Harney Elementary Oct. 31

    20490_10151204971767675_1307552017_na;sijdfBeaches Restaurants in Vancouver and at the Portland Airport are showing support for Harney Elementary by hosting a Cash Back Day on Friday, Oct. 31. For every customer that mentions the school to their server, the restaurant will donate an amount equal to 50 percent of the check to Harney. Beaches on the Vancouver Waterfront is located at 1919 SE Columbia River Dr., Vancouver. Reservations for Cash Back Day are highly recommended and can be made by calling 360-699-1592 or 503-335-8385.

  • Aviation Harvest Party Oct. 31

    Invite_PFECHarvestPartyFort Vancouver National Site is hosting an Aviation Harvest Party this Friday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Pearson Field Education Center. The event is free and open to the public. Parents and children are encouraged to don their favorite costumes and get ready for some spooky fun. There will be candy stations located around the historic airplanes, glider construction and a through-the-hoops challenge, noisy rocket balloons, “fishing for prizes,” and a costume parade with awards given for best overall costumes. Find further details on the party on the Fort’s event calendar here.

  • First-ever Touchmark Quilt Show Nov. 1

    A quilt that dates back to 1860 will be among more than twenty on display at Touchmark’s first- ever Quilt Show. The free event is planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1. Touchmark at Fairway Village offers people 55-plus years a full life. As a full-service retirement community, it offers a wide range of retirement homes, lifestyle options and services, including an on-site health and fitness club with heated pool for people age 40 and up. It is located at 2911 S.E. Village Loop, Vancouver. For more information, visit

  • Preview Exhibit and Artist’s Reception Nov. 1, Open Studio tour Nov. 8 – 9

    CC_Open_Studios_2014_previewArt lovers are invited to a Preview Exhibit and Artist’s Reception this Saturday, Nov. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m., at 906 Harney St. in downtown Vancouver. This is an opportunity to see one work of art from each artist participating in the Clark County Open Studio set for the following weekend. Vancouver’s own Dirty Hands Brewery will provide appetizers and tastings of two special brews, and music will be performed by Open Studio artist Chris Bidleman and his Upfront Band. Click here for the original article.