Clark County Food Bank’s annual Taste & See event Oct. 3

by DIwpBacon on September 30, 2014

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Clark County Food Bank’s annual fundraising event Taste & See will be held on Friday, Oct. 3, at 6502 NE 47th Ave. in Vancouver. Tickets are $125 and table sponsorships are still available for $1500. A reception begins at 6:30 p.m. and the event runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Registration closes tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 1.

The food bank welcomes the public into its warehouse and distribution center to provide an intimate look at the innovative ways they are working to alleviate hunger and its root causes in our community. Community members are invited to come enjoy Pacific Northwest foods, wines and craft beer.

As a grower, gleaner and supplier of foods to 29 local hunger relief organizations, Clark County Food Bank is the critical link between food and people in need. In 2012, CCFB distributed 5 million pounds of food, a 29% increase over 2011. Partner organizations distribute 10,000 food boxes per month to more than 25,000 homes in Clark County, with children and teenagers making up 40% of those that are fed. For further details and to register, click here.




Silver Buckle Ranch hosts sixth annual Fall Festival Oct. 4

by DIwpBacon on September 30, 2014


10675638_616180361824654_6054427388598963183_nSilver Buckle Ranch will host its six annual Fall Festival from 1 to 4 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 4. The festival is a fun event for the whole family. Admission and parking are free. The ranch is located 152 Ave. and 119th St. in Brush Prairie.

For $5 children can get a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch (while supplies last), ride a horse and get a wagon ride. A variety of other family-friendly activities are planned, including a potato slingshot, apple cider press, and hay scramble.

Silver Buckle Ranch focusses on serving youth in Clark County through ranch and equine-related activities. All programs foster interaction with horses and instructors teaches young people vital life skills. A core program is Ranch Hands, which is a structured, progressive course where they learn to care for and ride horses. In the process, they learn respect for selves and others, self-confidence, the value of achieving personal goals, and responsibility–all while having fun in a safe ranch setting. For additional information on the festival, find the event on Facebook here.

KGW named Station of the Year


Some familiar faces at KGW. Photo taken from’s Facebook page.


KGW was named Television Station of the Year by the Oregon Association of Broadcasters at its annual conference held Saturday, Sept. 27. The station has earned the title for 11 of the last 12 years. The prestigious award recognizes outstanding journalism and public service throughout the entire year. was recognized as best television website.

KGW earned eight other “Awards of Excellence” for its journalism both on air and online, more than any other Portland television station. All areas of the station’s work earned awards including best coverage of breaking news, best documentary, photography, public service announcement and best public service campaign.

Additionally, The Oregon Association of Broadcasters has awarded its prestigious Broadcast Heritage Award to KGW broadcast operator, Dale Wakem. The award honors an individual who is currently employed or has worked in the radio and/or television industry in Oregon in a role other than general management or ownership for a minimum of 15 years. Wakem far exceeds the threshold for the award. He will celebrate 50 years of employment at KGW in November 2014, the only employee to reach that milestone in the station’s history.

40 NOW patrollers saturate downtown Vancouver this evening


Volunteers with the Vancouver Police Department’s (VPD) Neighbors On Watch (NOW) program will participate in a “saturation patrol” this evening, Tuesday, Sept. 30, to look for, and report, suspicious activity. While VPD NOW has conducted this type of large-scale group patrol in the past, 40 volunteers have signed up to help tomorrow – the most in the program’s six year history.

The 40 volunteers will be divided into 16 patrol teams. From 6 to 8:30 p.m., the teams will patrol on foot, bike and in vehicles across the city. One squad will also patrol in a specially equipped truck, looking for stolen vehicles. The citizen patrol teams will be supervised by Neighborhood Police Officers and the patrol routes will be directed based on areas that need special attention or increased police presence.

NOW volunteers are non-confrontational, highly visible, and do not take any law enforcement action. Each member of NOW had completed the NOW training academy and commits to a minimum of four hours of volunteer patrol time each month. NOW volunteers wear issued uniforms, place a NOW magnet on their vehicle while on patrol, and report anything out of the ordinary to police while on their patrols in the community. More information and a printable application can be found here, visit

Red Cross Southwest Washington Chapter welcomes new executive director

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Dennis Rugg. Photo courtesy American Red Cross.

Dennis Rugg has been named executive director of the American Red Cross Southwest Washington Chapter. He will oversee day-to-day chapter business, volunteer engagement, community partnerships and fundraising in Pacific, Wahkiakum, Cowlitz, Clark, Skamania and Klickitat counties.

As a member of the board of directors for the Southwest Washington Chapter for nine years, Rugg participated in many aspects of the organization’s service delivery including disaster response, volunteer support, sponsor cultivation and donor stewardship. During fiscal year 2013-2014, he served as board chair and actively led the group through the chapter’s Real Heroes Breakfast signature fundraising event.

In addition to his active engagement with the American Red Cross, Dennis has current or prior involvement with other community partners including Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital Foundation, the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, Evergreen High School and Washington State University Alumni Association. For more information about the Red Cross, visit or join its blog at


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