The City of Vancouver has joined Nextdoor

by DIwpBacon on September 18, 2014

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The City of Vancouver has joined Nextdoor.com to improve citywide and neighbor-to-neighbor communications. With Nextdoor, the City is able to share important news and updates, services, public events and emergency notifications that are relevant to specific neighborhoods. Several different City departments have the ability to post information to Nextdoor, including Neighborhood Police Officers.

Nextdoor is a private social network for neighborhoods. Nextdoor has already proven to be a well-adopted tool for Vancouver residents. Approximately 60 Vancouver neighborhoods are represented on Nextdoor, out of the 66 recognized neighborhood associations in Vancouver.

Nextdoor is free for residents and the City. Each Nextdoor neighborhood site is private, and accessible only to residents who verify that they live in the neighborhood. Neighborhoods establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor websites. While City staff will be able to respond to comments to their posts or to direct messages, they cannot view content posted on neighborhood Nextdoor sites. For more information and to join, visit www.Nextdoor.com.

 

 

 

PVAMC Fisher House ground breaking Sept. 19

by DIwpBacon on September 18, 2014
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Artist’s rendition of future Fisher House. Photo courtesy of PVAMC.

Community members are invited to join thePortland VA Medical Center (PVAMC) and the Fisher House Foundation at a groundbreaking ceremony for the new PVAMC Fisher house. The event is set for tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 19 from 1 to 1:30 p.m. at the far southeast side of the PVAMC Vancouver Campus next to the Community Living Center, 1601 E. 4th Plain Blvd. in Vancouver.

The Fisher House Program provides no-cost temporary accommodations to  America’s military Veterans and active duty service members’ families and caregivers while Veterans are getting treatment. PVAMC was selected to participate in the program and build a home on the Vancouver PVAMC campus to support Portland and Vancouver facilities. A shuttle service will provide transportation between the two locations.

The  PVAMC house is to be designed for 16 families and have common kitchens and living rooms, but will have private bedrooms and bathrooms. Construction is anticipated to take 10 to 12 months to complete. For further details on the event, visit https://www.facebook.com/vaportland#!/events/517673025032953/.

 

Natural History Series continues with local artist Adam McIsaac this evening

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Woodcarving by Adam McIsaac.

Friends of the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge will present the next installment of its Natural History Series this evening, Thursday, Sept. 18, beginning at 7:15 p.m., at the Old Liberty Theater, 113 N. Main Ave. in Ridgefield. Tickets are $10 for Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge members; $15 for nonmembers. The presentation will feature a panel discussion about the community’s relationship with the Columbia River.

Tonight’s presentation will be by local artist Adam McIsaac with special guest, Chinook tribal leader Tony Johnson. McIsaac is an art instructer and woodcarver that has created a unique, contemporary style based on historical artifacts found along the Columbia River. He is considered an expert in the traditions, culture, and art of the region’s native peoples.

The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and food and beverages will be available for purchase. The Natural History Series is sponsored in part by the Columbia Credit Union. For further details, visit www.ridgefieldfriends.org.

Woodland teacher named region’s Teacher of the Year

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Woodland High School teacher Sharon Conditt has been named Educational Service District 112 region Teacher of the Year. Conditt is one of nine finalists from around the state for the Washington State Teacher of the Year Award. One teacher will be selected to represent Washington State in the National Teacher of the Year Program. Conditt will join other nominees from Washington at the state Teacher of the Year Award Ceremony on Monday, Sept. 22 in Seattle.

Conditt teaches history and government at Woodland High School, a position she has held for the past 14 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in History from Illinois State University and a Master’s Degree in History from Washington State University.

Conditt is one of the first National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) in Social Studies in her region and the first NBCT in Woodland Public Schools. In 2009 she earned the James Madison Memorial Foundation Fellowship for teachers seeking a master’s degree in History or Political Science.

 

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News Briefs

  • Give More 24! happening now

    imagesThe 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 register over the last three months. Community Foundation invites residents to participate in this 24-hour online giving challenge now through Sept. 19 at 7 a.m. All donations made via www.Give-More-24.org will be matched. Games and prizes throughout the day will mean even more funds directed to the area’s much needed nonprofits.  Click here for the full story.

  • Friends of the Poor 5K Walk/Run with St. Vincent de Paul this Saturday

    St. Vincent de Paul hopes to raise $30,000 at the Friends of the Poor 5K Walk/Run this Saturday, Sept. 20. St. Vincent is the largest food pantry in Clark County providing food, clothing, rent assistance, utility assistance, emergency shelter, gas, and transportation assistance to residents in need. The 5K will be timed for those serious runners, and walkers can take a leisurely walk along a beautiful route that starts at St. James Church in downtown Vancouver, 218 W. 12th St., heads south on Columbia St. to the scenic Columbia River waterfront, then through historic Ft. Vancouver, and loops back to end at St. James. Runners start at 9 a.m.; walkers at 9:05. Awards, food and refreshments will be offered from 10 to 11 a.m. Check-in is available Friday, Sept. 19 at St. James from 5 to 8 p.m. Check-in on Saturday begins at 7:30 a.m. Registration is free with a much needed minimum donation of $25 and includes T-shirt and go-bag to the first 350. For more information and to register, visit http://www.svdpusa.net/fop/ then select “Washington.”

  • Board seeks two applicants for Solid Waste Advisory Commission

    The Board of County Commissioners is seeking applicants to fill a volunteer position on the Solid Waste Advisory Commission. The first position represents the citizens of north Clark County. Applicants must reside north of 179th St. The second position represents the cities of: Battle Ground, Camas, La Center, Ridgefield, Washougal, and the Town of Yacolt. Commission members serve three-year terms. They meet at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month in the Auto Licensing and Elections Office, 1408 Franklin St. Members make recommendations on solid waste, landfills, transfer stations, recycling, waste reduction programs and other issues. For further details and application instructions, click here.

  • Continuation of special auction Sept. 23

    The Clark County Treasurer’s Office will be holding a continuation of a special auction for only one parcel (Account #264614000). The Property Tax Foreclosure Auction will be held online via an Internet-based foreclosure auction provider called “bid4assets” here. The auction will begin Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 8 a.m. Pacific Standard Time and end on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 11 a.m. Pacific Standard Time. Clark County foreclosure property list from bid4assets, the Clark County Treasurer’s web site, or the Treasurer’s Office at 1300 Franklin St., second floor in Vancouver. Payments must be made via wire transfer, cash, or cashier’s check payable to the Clark County Treasurer and must be received by 4:30 p.m. PST Wednesday, Sept. 24. Personal or business checks will not be accepted. Wire instructions will be available to each successful bidder.

  • Vancouver City Council takes to the streets Sept. 19

    91914MobileWorkshopMap-VancouverCityCouncilThe Vancouver City Council will hold an informational mobile workshop on Vancouver’s street system from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 19, traveling by C-TRAN bus for a first-hand look at transportation successes and challenges throughout the city. The workshop will convene at 8 a.m. in the Aspen Room on the first floor of Vancouver City Hall, 415 W. Sixth St. Accommodations are available to the public with advance notice due to limited seating on the bus. Contact Amanda Delapena at 360-487-8605 to RSVP. For the full story, click here.

  • Mark Matthias among those to be honored at the 28th annual AFP Philanthropy Awards Nov. 17

    beachesMark Matthias, owner of Beaches Restaurants, will be among those honored at the 2014 Philanthropy Awards Luncheon presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Oregon and Southwest Washington Chapter (AFP) on Monday, November 17. The 28th annual luncheon celebrates National Philanthropy Day, which recognizes the contributions of philanthropy and those people active in the philanthropic community. Matthias will receive the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award. For the original article, click here.

  • USCIS to welcome new citizens at Fort Vancouver Sept. 19

    Photograph of a U.S. Department of Homeland Security logo.U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) will conduct a naturalization ceremony at Fort Vancouver at 11 a.m. this Friday, Sept. 19. Thirty-five new citizens will be sworn in by Portland Field Office Director Evelyn SahliNPS Superintendent Tracy Fortmann will welcome the candidates and their families and connect the event to the national park’s multicultural history. Keynote speaker for this event is Bob Knight, president of Clark College and the former Commander of Vancouver Barracks. Click here for the original story.

  • Columbia Credit Union hires new VP Branch Manager

    Gayle-Smith-cropColumbia Credit Union has hired Gayle Smith as Vice President/Branch Manager of the Battle Ground branch. Smith will manage daily operations and have responsibility for the branch’s overall success with production, sales, service and market growth. She will oversee staff professional development; ensure branch compliance with regulations and policies; and assist in advancing the strategic direction of the credit union.

  • Grand opening of Pomeroy Cellars Sept. 20

    image-5-300x300Pomeroy Cellars will host the grand opening of a brand new tasting room on Saturday, Sept. 20 from noon to 8 p.m. Admission is free and open to guests ages 21 and older. Pomeroy Cellars is located at the historic Pomeroy Farm, 20902 NE Lucia Falls Rd. in Yacolt. The afternoon festivities will include a complimentary tasting of Pomeroy Cellars’ newly released flight of wines, a bocce ball tournament, free chocolate pairings, live music and and more. Click here for the full article.

  • The 2014 Vision for Opportunities benefit breakfast for NWABA Sept. 24

    10371446_10152077010949249_6346770808534346283_nNorthwest Association for Blind Athletes invites community members to the second annual breakfast fundraiser at Multnomah Athletic Club Wednesday, Sept. 24. The 2014 Vision for Opportunities is presented by Riverview Community Bank. Doors will open at 7 a.m. and the program will begin at 7:30 a.m. There is no cost to attend, but guests will be asked to support the life changing opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired. To reserve a table, contact Carrie Scott at cscott@nwaba.org or 360-448-7254. For more information, visit www.nwaba.org.

  • Retails Thrift Superstore caters to crafters and DIY-ers

    ReTails Thrift Stores, operated by the Humane Society for Southwest Washington (HSSW), recently opened the doors of its new thrift superstore, located at 5000 E. Fourth Plain (across from Golden Skate) in Vancouver. Now, ReTails has added Saturday crafting demonstrations to the shopping experience for the grand opening month of September. The first demonstration, Candelabra Makeovers, was held on September 6 to an enthusiastic group of crafters. For the remaining two weekends in the month, ReTails will host the following in-store demonstrations each led by a local crafting expert:

    • Sept. 20, at 3 p.m. – Repurposing Thrift Store Finds
    • Sept. 27, at 2 p.m. –  Furniture Makeover

    Proceeds from ReTails Thrift Stores supports the work of HSSW’s mission of pet adoptions, proper medical care for the community’s animals and other companion animal programs.

  • 11th annual Oktoberfest at Shorty’s Garden and Home Sept. 19

    10499560_689139301156249_4537828169676598474_oShorty’s Garden and Home will host the 11th annual Oktoberfest celebration on Friday, Sept. 19, from 5 to 11 p.m. at its Vancouver location, 10006 SE Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver. Proceeds from this fundraising event will benefit the Fort Vancouver Regional Library (FVRL) Foundation, which supports the programs and services provided to local communities by the FVRL Library District. The festival features live music and dancing, Samuel Adams OctoberFest beer, and German-style food available for purchase from Beaches Catering. Advance tickets are $20, available online, here. Tickets purchased at the event will be $25. All tickets include admission to the Oktoberfest celebration and one beverage token.

  • Public Safety Complex open house honors participants in Chief for a Day program Sept. 20

    PSC_Open_House_1881-600x398Join others from the community at the 13th Annual Public Safety Complex Open House from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Clark County Public Safety Complex, located at 505 N.W. 79th St., near the Clark County Fairgrounds. The complex houses the Clark County Sheriff’s Office West Precinct, the Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office, and a volunteer fire station shared by Fire Districts 611, and 12. This is the culminating event of local law enforcement’s participation in the Chief for a Day (CFAD) program. The event is free and allows residents to meet local firefighters and law enforcement officials, see emergency vehicles up close, and watch auto extrications, sprinkler operation, a K-9 show, and fire extinguisher demonstration. Click here for the full story.

  • POW/MIA observance and monument dedication on Sept. 20

    UnknownThe Community Military Appreciation Committee (CMAC), a civic nonprofit organization, will be dedicating the POW/MIA Monument at the Armed Forces Reserve Center (AFRC) at 15005 NE 65th St, Vancouver on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 11 a.m. The event runs in conjunction with National POW/MIA Recognition Day in the United States. Keynote speaker will be U.S. Army Col. John F. Sweeney, the commander of the 2nd Brigade 95th Division located at the Armed Forces Reserve Center. For the full story, click here.

  • Second annual Oktoberfest at Alderbrook Park Sept. 26 and 27

    oktoThe community is invited to Alderbrook Park‘s second annual Oktoberfest from 6 to 11 p.m., Friday, Sept. 26, and from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. Admission is $15 and includes a commemorative mug. Beer and wine script is $5. Evenings are for adults over 21, but families are welcome on Saturday, from noon to 6 p.m. Guests can enjoy live music and dancing under the elegant pavilion, and classic German beers and food. For the full article, click here.

  • Free festival celebrates Columbia River sturgeon Sept. 20

    hu_2013_ministry_dd_big_bowl_sturgeon_two_kids_high_res_arvai-karoly-7_credit_credit_www.kormany.hu__arvai_karoly_2The Columbia River ecosystem and its primitive inhabitant, the sturgeon, will be honored from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the 18th Annual Sturgeon Festival held at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way in Vancouver. The free, one-day festival is hosted by the City of Vancouver, with participation by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. The popular event includes entertaining and educational activities for all ages. Click here for the full story.

  • Register now for H-RoC’s next Cocktails & Conversation Sept. 18

    Unknown-1H-RoC will host the next Cocktails & Conversation discussion Thursday, Sept. 18, in the upstairs dining room at The Grant House, 1101 Officers Row in Vancouver. This quarterly event features topics and speakers designed to encourage and support our community’s women leaders. September’s topic is “Can Women Have It All?” Seating is limited to the first 25 guests; interested parties should RSVP to letstalk@h-roc.org. For more information, visit www.h-roc.org.  For the full story, click here.

  • City of Camas seeks input for 2035 Comprehensive Plan

    The City of Camas seeks community input as it prepares an update for the Camas Comprehensive Plan. The 2004 Plan helped lead the way for the neighborhoods, schools, parks and downtown that exist today. With help from the public, the 2035 plan will preserve what is valued most about Camas, while planning for future generations. To participate, visit the project website at www.camas2035.com.