Paul Montague launches Responsive Leadership Initiative

by DIwpBacon on August 20, 2014


Paul Montague has launched the Responsive Leadership Initiative (RLI) and the Economic Vitality PAC. Montague left Identity Clark County in March of this year with a plan to form a new organization aimed at supporting candidates and initiatives that promote business and economic development in Clark County.

The organization’s mission is, “the promotion of responsive leadership in Clark County that recognizes the value of economic development as a tool for attracting businesses, growing jobs and enhancing quality of life.” The RLI will support and promote the economic development agenda developed by the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, Identity Clark County and the Columbia River Economic Development Council, through the development of balanced elected leadership at the county and state levels.

The Economic Vitality PAC will serve as the focal point for all Responsive Leadership Initiative political campaign communications as directed by the leadership of RLI. More information can be found online at and





10th Anniversary Party for The Grant House Aug. 22

by DIwpBacon on August 20, 2014


The Grant House invites the community to a 10th anniversary celebration this Friday, Aug. 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. Guests will enjoy free food, a photobooth, door prizes and a no host bar. Live music will be performed by The Peter Schwimmer Trio.

Built in 1846, The Grant House is the oldest of the 21 homes along Officers Row on the Vancouver National Historic Preserve. It is named for Ulysses S. Grant, who was stationed at the barracks as a captain. Family owned since 2004, The Grant House is now an elegantly restored restaurant and venue for weddings and receptions, business meetings, and romantic dinners.

For more information and to RSVP, visit Details can also be found on Facebook, here.




Sixth annual Downtown Camas Vintage & Art Faire this Saturday

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For the past five years Camas Antiques has hosted the Camas Vintage Street Faire inviting vendors from all around Washington and Oregon. This year the DCA is partnering with them and adding quality arts and crafts vendors to the event. The Faire is this Saturday, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Downtown Camas on Fourth Ave. and Birch St., near Camas Antiques, 305 NE Fourth Ave.

This year in addition to over 40 vintage and antique vendors of both indoor and outdoor furniture as well as clothing and accessories, those who attend can expect to find quality sculpture, paintings, drawings, hand made jewelry, recycled art, live music, fresh food, and more.

Fresh coffee will be ready at 9 a.m, enjoy lunch at one of Downtown Camas’ many fine eating establishments, and stay until 4 p.m. to find the perfect items for the home and garden. Click here for an artist application. Potential vendors can contact or For further details, visit and click calendar.

Buy Vancouver USA meets Aug. 27


UnknownThe Buy Vancouver USA, an alliance of local independent businesses dedicated to growing Clark County’s economy by promoting the “shop local” message, will meet Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m., at Dave’s Killer Magic Shop, 1707 Main St. in downtown Vancouver.

Speakers include Lynn Krogseng, who formerly owned Neighbors Market in that space, and Dave and Gina Lemberg, whose networking with Krogseng led them to move to Main Street from Hazel Dell. The meeting is open to all locally-owned businesses and anyone interested.

Buy Vancouver USA welcomes any owner of a local independent business, and anyone interested in the movement to grow the local economy by supporting local business. For more information, visit or


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News Briefs

  • Leah Stenson reads at Angst Gallery Aug. 23

    Poet Leah Stenson will read from Reverberations from Fukushima: 50 Japanese Poets Speak Out this Saturday, Aug. 23, at Angst Gallery, 1015 Main St. Co-edited by Stenson and Asao Sarukawa Aroldi, “Reverberations” is a collection of Japanese poetry and commentary on the first nuclear accident of the 21st century. Repercussions from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident continue to be felt at home and abroad. The collection is a timely cross-cultural and socially relevant anthology of contemporary Japanese poetry that brings the depth and scope of the human tragedy into clear focus. Stenson is an established poet who spent 16 years teaching at university in Japan. She hosts the Studio Series, a popular venue for established poets in the Pacific Northwest.

  • Blind and visually impaired athletes to participate in Portland Coast Walk Relay this week

    Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) has announced that the organization has provided support to Team Eye Rock, a group consisting of 9 blind or visually impaired athletes and their guides, to enable the team to compete in the Portland to Coast Walk Relay taking place this Friday, Aug. 22 and Saturday, Aug. 23. “Team Eye Rock is the only team of its kind to participate in the Portland to Coast Walk Relay, the Largest Walk Relay in the World,” says Chris Cooke, 2014 Team Eye Rock Captain. “With the support of the Northwest Association for Blind Athletes, our athletes face the extreme race conditions with courage, strength and determination.” Donations are accepted to support NWABA’s scholarship fund by mailing a check to: PO BOX 65265, Vancouver, WA, 98665. For more information or to make an online donation, visit

  • Vancouver Fire Department conducts live fire demonstration this evening

    The Vancouver Fire Department’s Fire Marshal’s Office will conduct a live fire sprinkler demonstration burn at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at Fire Station No. 5, 7110 NE 63rd St. The live demonstration is open to the public and media. The purpose is to help educate Vancouver citizens about the dangers of fire and the effectiveness of residential sprinklers in homes. Within Vancouver’s city limits, residential fire-related deaths have increased by 300 percent within the last year. The majority of these fires were due to cooking, candles, and smoking – all completely preventable causes. Deputy Fire Marshal Zane Norris will demonstrate the effects of a typical living room fire at the event.

  • Peterson resigns from Washougal Board; district seeks director in District 3 and District 1

    The Washougal School District is accepting applications to fill a position on its Board of Directors. The successful applicant serves Director District 3, succeeding Blaine Peterson, who has resigned from the board effective July 10. Peterson was elected to the Washougal School Board in March 2007 and his leadership and commitment to the district is deeply appreciated. He has submitted his resignation because he has purchased a home in Washougal outside of District 3. The Board will appoint a candidate to serve for the remainder of Peterson’s term, through the end of 2017. At that time, the appointed board member may file for a four-year term. For more information, contact Cassi Marshall at 360-954-3005 or The district is also seeking applications for the District 1 position, which was vacated by Jocelyn Lindsay who moved out of the area. To view a map of Director District boundaries, click here.

  • 24-hour online giving event challenges residents to “Give More” Sept. 18

    give-more-24-nonprofit-kickoff-1-638The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington is organizing southwest Washington’s first-ever day of giving. The event, called Give More 24!, has seen more than 80 nonprofit participants register over the last three months. Now, the Community Foundation is inviting residents to get ready for this 24-hour online giving challenge on September 18. Beginning at 7 a.m. that morning, the Community Foundation will encourage everyone to visit and give to local nonprofits for 24 hours. Click here for the full story.

  • Vancouver Farmers Market celebrates 25 years this weekend

    603189_504690946238407_1471576883_nThe Vancouver Farmers Market (VFM) is celebrating its 25th anniversary this Saturday, Aug. 23. Starting at 9 a.m., the VFM will be honoring important people who have influenced the market over the last 25 years. There will be live music, treats for customers and a classic car show that will add to the fun. For more information visit Click here for the full story.

  • Nonprofit Excellence Awards Sept. 11

    424508_10150724027146834_602517200_nLocal nonprofit organizations and businesses will be honored Thursday, Sept. 11 at the Nonprofit Excellence Awards sponsored by the Nonprofit Network Southwest Washington. The awards reception, which is presented by Columbia Credit Union, will be held from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Heathman Lodge, 7801 NE Greenwood Dr. in Vancouver. Tickets are $20 per person. For more information and registration details, visit or call 360-735-7110. For the original story, click here.

  • Washougal School District hosts forum on school safety Aug. 25

    The Washougal School District will host a School Safety and Facilities Planning Forum to address school safety concerns, facilities conditions, and to plan for future needs and growth. The forum will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25, at the Washougal School District Office, 4855 Evergreen Way in Washougal. RSVP’s are requested to Cassi Marshall at 360-954-3005 or For the full article, click here.

  • Fundraiser for County Treasurer candidate Lauren Colas Aug. 21

    10329672_833578100004676_489092025204216129_oA campaign fundraiser for candidate for County Treasurer, Lauren Colas, is set for this Thursday, Aug. 21, from  5 to 8 p.m., and will be hosted by State Representative Liz Pike at Pike’s Shangri-La Farm, 26300 NE Third St. in Camas. Washington Secretary of State, Kim Wyman, will be the guest speaker. Colas has worked in management for Fortune 100 companies, smaller privately-held business and public accounting firms. She has also been involved in Clark County politics since 2012 as an elected Republican Precinct Committee Officer. RSVP to or call 360-281-8720. For more information about Colas, visit

  • Honorary Sheriff Cole “Sworn in” Aug. 21

    Honorary Sheriff Cole and other statewide Chief for a Day participants will be “Sworn in” at the Criminal Justice Training Center in Burien, Washington this Thursday, Aug. 21. Sheriff Lucas will drive Sheriff Cole and his family from the Showare Center in Kent to the Criminal Justice Training Center in Burien in a Motorcade. Once the Chiefs arrive at the facility, they will be sworn in and then participate in numerous activities from Clark County’s K-9 Demonstration to pony rides. Local Chief for a Day participants Honorary Chief Chase, (BGPD) and Honorary Chief Brooklyn, (LCPD) and Honorary Sheriff Cole (CCSO) will be recognized at the West Precinct Open House at 505 NW 179th St. in Ridgefield on September 20.

  • Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival this weekend

    logo_homeThe Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival kicks off this Thursday, Aug. 21 and runs through Sunday, Aug. 24 in Esther Short Park. Admission is free on Thursday; $20 for Friday; $25 for Saturday & Sunday; or $60 for a 3-day pass. Kids 12 and younger are free with a paid adult. In addition to the music, the festival features over 200 wines from around the world, food from eight local restaurants, 30 art and craft vendors and numerous commercial exhibitors. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit For the full story, click here.

  • Save the date: Vancouver Windermere Foundation’s second annual CJC Gala Sept 27

    1058-alice-tea-party-cardThe Vancouver Windermere Foundation second annual CJC Gala, “An Evening in Wonderland,” is set for September 27, at the Royal Oaks Country Club. This year’s event is bound to surpass the elegance and fun of last years’ dinner and auction. Over 200 community members enjoyed last year’s Windermere Art and Wine event. Tickets start at $125 per person and can be purchased here. For more information and to register for the Windermere Gala, visit For the original article, click here.

  • CCHM welcomes new executive director Sept. 5

    10431346_10152503545901328_4930450093839325238_oThe Clark County Historical Society is inviting the community to meet the museum’s new executive director, Katie Anderson. The event will be held Friday, Sept. 5 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the John Stanger House on the grounds of the Jane Weber Evergreen Arboretum at 9215 SE Evergreen Highway in Vancouver. Light refreshments crafted with heirloom fruits and vegetables from the Arboretum’s gardens, will be served along side local breads, wines, and cheeses. For more information and to RSVP, contact CCHM by email or phone at 360-993-5679. Click here for the full story.

  • Standup paddleboard athletes come to Washougal for SUP Salmon Classic Aug. 31

    stand-up-pittsburgh-stand-up-paddle-board-raceProfessional and recreational Standup Paddleboard (SUP) athletes from around the region and the world will take to the waters of the Columbia River for the SUP Salmon Classic Paddleboard Race, Sunday, Aug. 31, at Captain William Clark Park, Cottonwood Beach, in Washougal. The races, sanctioned by the World Paddle Association (WPA), will begin at 9 a.m. and include an 8-mile Long Course for professional level racers, a 4-mile Short Course for recreational boarders and a 2-mile youth and novice course just for fun. For the original story, click here.

  • Go Ready! Back-to-School Readiness Festival Aug. 27
    2534381The Vancouver Public Schools (VPS) wants all its students to be ready to learn on the first day of school. That’s why the district’s Family-Community Resource Center team is hosting a new event designed to help students and families prepare. Go Ready! Back-to-School-Readiness Festival will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at the Boys & Girls Club, 4040 Plomondon Rd. in Vancouver. This event is free and open to all VPS students and their families. Click here for the original article.
  • Clark County’s 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.

  • Discounted tickets now on sale for the Vancouver Sausage Fest Sept. 5 – 7

    2014-fest-logo_shadow_smThe Vancouver Sausage Festival returns for its 42nd (and final) weekend Friday, Sept. 5, through Sunday, Sept. 7, on the St. Joseph Catholic School and Parish grounds at 6500 Highland Dr. in Vancouver. The family-friendly festival features carnival rides, entertainment, marketplace, food booths, and beer garden. Proceeds support educational programs for St. Joseph Catholic School and parish children. Presale ride and admission tickets can be purchased at St. Joseph’s or online here. For ticket locations, times and schedules, visit For the full story, click here.

  • Evergreen Habitat for Humanity dedicates 30th home Aug. 24

    Evergreen Habitat for Humanity will dedicate the organization’s 30th home in Clark County and family home for Doug West and his two children on Sunday, Aug. 24, at at 7001 NE 98th Ave. in Vancouver. West, a truck driver for Concrete Alternatives, and his children have been looking forward to a new home since their journey began two years ago. Friends and family, volunteers, EHFH board and staff will gather to celebrate all the hard work and the beginning of the homeowner journey for the family. For the full story, click here.