PeaceHealth Southwest Foundation elects new board and committee members

by DIwpBacon on August 4, 2015

Jeff Firstenburg

Kathy Corwin

Kathy Corwin

Greg Kubicek

Greg Kubicek


Matt Lee


Greg Seifert







Susan DeRenzo

Susan DeRenzo


Molly Filbin

The PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center Foundation has announced its newest board members, who were recently elected for a three-year term beginning July 2015:

Kathy Corwin is a business woman and community volunteer. Corwin Beverage is a fourth generation family-owned business actively involved in community affairs since 1941. Corwin and her husband, Joe Pauletto, support numerous causes including a local food bank and the YWCA.

Jeff Firstenburg is senior vice president of the family-run business, Northwest Equity Holdings, LLC. He serves on the board of the Bank of Oswego. Firstenburg chaired the Humane Society Board during its building campaign.

Greg Kubicek is president of Holt Homes, Inc. He is a former board member of the Community Foundation of SW Washington.

Matt Lee is a CPA at Opsahl Dawson, Certified Public Accountants and manages the firm’s Vancouver office. Lee is active in community events and serves as head of the finance committee for the Vancouver Symphony, treasurer for the Vancouver Rotary Foundation, and treasurer for its annual Festival Of The Trees holiday event.

Greg Seifert is president and CEO of Biggs Insurance Services. Seifert served on the school board for Portland Christian Schools for 8 years, the last three as chairman. He recently served on the board of directors for LEAD International.

In addition, two new members were recently elected to the Foundation Board’s Planned Giving Committee. Susan DeRenzo, vice president and wealth strategies advisor, Heritage Bank and Molly Filbin, vice president and trust operations manager, Wealth Management at Umpqua Bank will serve a three-year term beginning July 2015.








Fort Vancouver National Trust announces winners for the sixth annual Columbia River Concours d’Elegance

by DIwpBacon on August 4, 2015

The Mayor’s Choice Award went to Rob Titus of Jefferson, Oregon for his 1966 Chevy II SS. Photo courtesy of the Trust.

The Fort Vancouver National Trust hosted the sixth annual Columbia River Concours d’Elegance last Sunday along historic Officers Row. The event was a success with over 200 vintage cars, motorcycles, bicycles and tether cars on display. Throughout the day, over 70 volunteer judges formed teams of three and four and judged cars in 41 classes. These judges were trained in advance and worked together to ensure the impartiality and adherence to high standards for evaluation on the restoration and preservation of the historic vehicles.

Best in Show went to a 1960 Imperial Crown Convertible owned by Joel Holland of Sumner, WA. The car also received the Founders, People’s Choice and Best in Class awards. The Judges’ Choice award was given to a 1969 Ferrari 365 GTS Spider owned by The Brothers Collection, Longview. The vehicle also received a Badge of Excellence. The Mayor’s Choice award went to Rob Titus of Jefferson, Oregon for his 1966 Chevy II SS. The car was also recognized as Best in Class.

The event ended with a parade of the top 2015 Columbia River Concours d’Elegance winners. Each recipient of the “Badge of Excellence” and each class winner paraded along with the best of show winners. Event sponsors include Davidson & Associates Insurance, Hagerty, Commonwealth Classics Ltd., and more. For more information, visit


Share’s annual Hunger Appeal raises $267,635 with match from CenturyLink Foundation

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share150Share’s annual Hunger Appeal raised a gross total of $267,625 thanks to a $85,124 match by the CenturyLink Foundation. The 2015 CenturyLink Feed the Children Backpack Buddies Food Drive took place in June at approximately 650 company locations across the country.

“The community truly stepped up and answered our call, helping us to locally raise $55,413 more than last year, which is absolutely fabulous,” says Diane McWithey, executive director. “With the success of this challenge, we will be able to continue supporting the more than 1,950 children at 90 schools who receive bags of food each week during the school year through our Backpack Program.”

Nationally, CenturyLink Inc. employees and the company’s local employees collected 2.23 million pounds of food and raised $1.8 million in the food drive. This is the sixth year for CenturyLink’s nationwide drive, with more than 47 million pounds of food donated since the program’s inception.

Forty-nine million Americans, including 15.9 million children, are receiving food assistance annually. That means one in six Americans now rely on Feeding America and its nationwide network of local food banks.

Radical Revolution at tonight’s Concerts for a Cause


Concerts for a Cause” continues tonight, Tuesday, Aug. 4, with Radical Revolution at Camas Meadows Golf Club, 4105 NW Camas Meadows Dr. The series features different bands every Tuesday evening through Aug. 28. Radical Revolution is a six-piece 80’s tribute band (featuring male and female vocals) that plays a wide range of hits from the era.

Tonight’s concert benefits the Police Activities League, a non-profit organization that partners with law enforcement agencies to promote positive relationships between officers and youth in the community through educational programs and recreational opportunities.

All shows begin at 6:30 p.m., and gates open at 5 p.m. The concerts are free with a $5 suggested donation. Food and beverages are available for purchase through Camas Meadows and Tommy O’s. Sponsor a lower patio table, and provide admission and seating for eight guests, for $100. For more information, call 360-833-2000 or visit

Eric Strom joins Columbia Wealth Management Team


Columbia Credit Union has hired Eric Strom as a Registered Representative in the Wealth Management Department. As an Investment Advisor Representative for Cetera Advisor Networks, Strom will assist members with financial planning, investment and retirement strategies, education funding options, and insurance services. He will serve members at the Riverstone, Cascade Park, EastRidge and Washougal branches.

Strom brings more than 15 years of experience to the credit union and has served as past President of the National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors for the greater Portland/NW Oregon area, as well as a Moderator/Instructor for the American College in a wide variety of financial, business, and estate planning topics.

From 2004‐2010, Strom was the Oregon State Director for the Washington State University Alumni Association and currently serves as an Ambassador Alumni. He is Series 7 and 66 registered and insurance licensed in Washington, Oregon and California and is a 1988 graduate of Washington State University. To contact Strom or to schedule an appointment for financial planning services, call 360-891-4089 or visit


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News Briefs

  • Library Board names three finalists for District Executive Director

    Following a nationwide search for its new Executive Director, the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District Board of Trustees has narrowed the field of candidates to three finalists:

    Peter Bromberg – Associate Director for Public Services – Salt Lake County Library Services, West Jordan, Utah
    Amelia Shelley – Executive Director – Garfield County Public Library District, Rifle, Colorado
    Jon Worona – Division Manager – San José Public Library, San José, California

    The candidates’ individual statement documents are available as .pdfs at: The finalists will visit the library district next week for interviews, tours and to participate in three public “meet and greet” events. Specific dates and locations can be found here.

  • Sheryl Beauchaine joins The Upkes Group

    roundcubeThe Upkes Group has announced Sheryl Beauchaine has joined the Camas business as its Director of Operations and Client Care Manager. Beauchaine spent 32 years with the Southwest Washington American Red Cross, most recently serving as Regional Executive Officer. Beauchaine provided operation leadership expertise to other Red Cross chapters and used subject matter expertise to coach other executives on business operation challenges. She is active in the community and is a member of the Vancouver Rotary Club. The Upkes Group specializes in tailored business coaching, data- driven financial strategies and CFO and Controller advisory services. To learn more, visit

  • HSSW offers low cost adoptions of older cats

    imagesThe Humane Society for Southwest Washington (HSSW) continues to see high numbers of adult cats ready for adoption. To help ease overcrowding at the adoption center and foster homes, HSSW is offering a $10 “Wise Whiskers” adoption special now on Tuesdays, in addition to the already-discounted adoption days of Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, for all cats ages three and older. The adoption special is expected to last through the summer. Older cats are often litter box trained and have developed personalities, making it easier for would-be pet owners to find their perfect match. Despite their established personalities, older cats adapt well to new homes. With kitten season underway, summer is an excellent time to adopt an older cat for a low price.

    All pet adoptions include: Spay or neuter surgery, microchip ID system and national registration, vaccinations, free veterinary exam with a local participating veterinarian, animal training information. For a list of all animals currently available for adoption, visit, or call 360-693-4746.

  • Clark County Fair Aug. 7 through 16

    pb-120906-la-county-fair-jsa-1.photoblog900“Hero Up” for the 2015 Clark County Fair opening this Friday Aug. 7, at 8 a.m. Featured exhibits include: Superhero AdventureWild About MonkeysSea Lion SplashFairconFamily Activities, and the Carnival Midway. Visit the Comcast Kids Park and Westfield Vancouver Mall Kids Stage for Kidd’ Contests, local entertainment acts and pony rides. Keep an eye out for the Riverview Community Bank Clark County Fair Court that will be on the grounds, and check out 4-H Events and the Junior Livestock Auction. Pre-sale admission is $9 for adults; $7 for seniors; and $6 for children ages seven through 11. All tickets at the gate are $2 more. Click here for the full story.

  • School of Piano Technology for the Blind “Keys to the City” program welcomes new partners

    Photo 1 - Larch-1Now in its fourth year, the School of Piano Technology for the Blind‘s “Keys to the City” has new artists and creative partnerships designed to expand the program which raises both funds and visibility for the school. Beginning this Friday, Aug. 7 and running through Sunday, Aug. 16, Keys to the City pianos will be placed in popular public gathering spots for a ten-day celebration of music and art. The pianos are available and accessible to all, from very beginning players to virtuosos. Click here for the original story.

  • City of Washougal launches new website

    Unknown-5The City of Washougal is providing its residents and visitors a new website redesigned to provide easier access to government services and information and new ways to stay informed about topics of interest. Visit the website at In partnership with Aha Consulting, a leading provider of open source city websites, the City of Washougal will be able to build upon its goal of providing more open communications with its citizens, increasing transparency, and enabling easy online access to city services.

  • Opposing statements needed for November voters’ pamphlet

    Unknown-6Each year the Clark County Auditor’s Office publishes a local voters’ pamphlet for the General election. Included in the pamphlet are statements and photographs for the candidates for elective office as well as supporting and opposing statements for local ballot measures appearing in the General election. The auditor’s office has received five charter amendments from the City of Vancouver and a levy lid lift measure from Fire Protection District No. 6. Committees have been appointed to write statements supporting the charter amendments and the measure. They have not been able to identify anyone willing to write a voters’ pamphlet statement against the amendments and the measure. If any citizen is interested in writing an opposing statement, he or she is urged to contact Cathie Garber at the Clark County Elections Department by calling 360-397-2345. The deadline is 4 p.m., Friday, Aug. 7.

  • WWII hero Robert Weiss speaks on his experience during the invasion of Normandy at the Oregon Historical Society Aug. 4

    51VE7XF4CNL._SX315_BO1,204,203,200_In August 1944, Oregonian Robert Weiss made history in a decisive battle during the invasion of Normandy. Over 70 years later, Weiss will detail this momentous event at the Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Portland. Join OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk for a Q&A with Weiss on Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 7 p.m. Admission is free, and copies of Weiss’ memoir Fire Mission!: The Siege of Mortain, Normandy will be available for sale.

  • Eastside Community Picnic and National Night Out Aug. 4

    NNO2015The Fircrest Neighborhood Association (with help from several other neighborhoods) is hosting the Eastside Community Picnic and National Night Out at LeRoy Haagen Memorial Community Park this Tuesday, Aug. 4, from 3 to 10:30 p.m. Festivities include a bounce house and obstacle course (25 cents per turn, or $5 for unlimited turns), the EDITH Trailer (fire safety), and more. Families can bring a picnic or enjoy food from local food carts. Vancouver residents can find out if their neighborhood is participating by visiting Find the full article here.

  • Watch your vote count live Aug. 4 on CVTV Channel 23,

    Unknown-3Clark/Vancouver Television (CVTV) will provide the only live, local primary election night television coverage in Clark County starting at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4. Comcast subscribers can tune to Channel 23 for up-to-the-minute Clark County election results, analysis and commentary. Live streaming CVTV election coverage will also be available online at www.cvtv.orgDave Schmitke, CVTV Contributor, and Dr. Carolyn Long, Associate Professor for the Department of Political Science at Washington State University, Vancouver, also will conduct live election-night candidate interviews from the 6th Floor Hearings Room at the Clark County Public Service Center.

  • Jaime Herrera Beutler to host free Senior Resource Fair Aug. 5

    Senior Resource Fair May 6-15 (16)Jaime Herrera Beutler is hosting a Southwest Washington Senior Resource Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 5, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Vancouver. The Senior Resource Fair is free and open to any resident of Southwest Washington. It will allow seniors and their families to connect with a variety of useful experts and organization. Find the full story in the archives, here.

  • Columbia Gorge International Film Festival August 6 – 16

    tiny-Locust-art-Cosmonaut-639x1024The Columbia Gorge International Film Festival (CGIFF) will bring fresh cinema talent to venues in Clark County from Thursday, Aug. 6, through Sunday, Aug. 16. Now in its eighth year, CGIFF is a grassroots festival with an international scope. The festival will present approximately 250 films and screenplays from over 30 countries around the globe in all categories, genres and lengths. All screenings and special events will take place in a variety of venues including the Washburn Auditorium in Washougal High School, the Camas Library, and the Fort Vancouver Community Library. For additional information, visit