Leadership changes announced at Fort Vancouver National Trust

by DIwpBacon on October 31, 2014

Mike True (left) and Elson Strahan, photo courtesy of FVNT.

The Board of Directors of the Fort Vancouver National Trust announced today that Elson Strahan has indicated his intent to step down from his position as president and CEO of the Trust following the completion of the Academy capital campaign and acquisition of the property.

Steve Horenstein, board chair of the Trust, shared the transition plan, which includes naming Mike True to the position of president, giving him responsibility for the full operations of the Trust and implementation of the strategic plan. Strahan will remain CEO while he completes fundraising and negotiations for the acquisition of the Academy property, and seeks funding for initial renovations.

“The board and our community are deeply indebted to Elson for his leadership and vision for the Trust, and the Reserve over the years,” states Horenstein. “From the renovations of Officer’s Row and the Artillery Barracks, to the Marshall Lecture and our acclaimed aviation education platform, Elson has engaged the community in the history and significance of this site. He leaves us with a financially stable organization ready to take on the renovation and development of the Academy, one of the Northwest’s most historically significant structures.”

True joined the Trust 10 years ago quickly becoming chief financial officer and then chief operating officer, and will assume the title of president immediately. He led the recent strategic planning process undertaken by the Trust Board of Directors, to revise vision, mission, values and strategies for the Trust. He will now lead development and implementation of a formal strategic action plan and oversee all operations of the organization.




Library district receives final pre-design report on new libraries

by DIwpBacon on October 31, 2014


Fort Vancouver Regional Library District’s board of trustees has received a final report on a pre-design study for future improved library facilities for Ridgefield, Washougal and Woodland. The study was completed by consulting firm FFA Architecture and Interiors Inc. of Portland and included input gathered from a series of public meetings and focus groups in each community.

The three communities under study were identified in an earlier report – a strategic facilities planning study conducted by consultants BergerABAM in 2013 – as being most in need of bigger and better libraries among the district’s 13 libraries in four counties. For all three future libraries, FFA has recommended a single-story structure for cost effectiveness and staffing efficiencies. The lot size guideline for each facility is roughly double the building square footage to accommodate adequate parking and desirable exterior landscaping and features.

Next steps in the facility development process include further refinement of site options for each community, and development of potential funding options in collaboration with local Friends of the Library groups, Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation and community leaders. To view the full, 251-page report, visit http://mylibrary2.fvrl.org/about/docs/FFA-FinalReport_with_Appendix.pdf.

CCHM reveals the Secrets of Clark County’s past Nov. 6


Often thought of as an issue only in the southern United States, the Civil War’s legacy of racial discrimination and violence can be seen closer to home. On Nov. 6, at 7 p.m., join CCHM for the last “First Thursday” lecture of the year focusing on The KKK in Southwest Washington. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for children under 18 and free with membership. Doors will open at 5 p.m.

The speaker is Martin Middlewood, a museum research volunteer and professional freelance writer. He will explore the stories and secrets behind this controversial history of Clark County. The intention is to create an open and safe environment to discuss this delicate subject.

Middlewood is a freelancer of more than 20 years who writes about technology, energy, the environment, and healthcare for newspapers, trade and technology magazines. He is a board member of the Institute for Science Engineering and Public Policy, and is a past workshop leader for “Write Around Portland.” For more information and questions, email cchm@cchmuseum.org or call 360-993-5679. Find details on Facebook here.

Kids Vote 2014 on now through Nov. 4 in Clark County


Students in grades kindergarten through 12 have begun voting in a mock election put together by Kids Vote 2014. The non-profit seeks to involve kids in the voting process from an early age. Its goal is to inspire future voters and get every student to join in the process.

Kids Vote 2014 electronic voting went live the day ballots were mailed and will end at 8 p.m. on election day Tuesday, Nov. 4. A link to the ballot is on the “Vote Here” page at www.KidsVote2014.com. Boundaries for Legislative Districts and School Districts do not match. Where necessary, students will vote for the Legislative District candidates that include the most school district’s area.

Among the elected officials that support the Kids Vote 2014 mock election are Governor Jay Inslee, Senator Maria Cantwell, Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt, Clark County commissioners, Freeholders, and others. Their letters to Clark County students discuss the importance of voting and responsible citizenship.

Humane Society’s Retails Thrift Store opens special holiday pop up store Nov. 1 – 8


ReTails Thrift Stores, operated by the Humane Society for Southwest Washington (HSSW) in Vancouver, will open a temporary holiday store – A Christmas Tail – from Saturday, Nov. 1 through Saturday, Nov. 8 in the boutique area of the new ReTails thrift superstore, located 4000 E. Fourth Plain Blvd (across from Golden Skate). It will be open seven days from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

With four storage units filled with holiday decorating items, A Christmas Tail store will be entirely built and staffed by volunteers. Additional discounts on holiday items at A Christmas Tail will be available on ReTails Facebook page at www.facebook.com/retailsthriftstores.

Any holiday items that remain unsold after A Christmas Tail closes on November 8 will be moved into the regular inventory of ReTails. 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.



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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 www.safeco.com/make-more-happen. 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.

  • Seton Catholic breaks record at annual fundraiser

    The seventh annual “Celebrate Seton” benefit dinner for Seton Catholic Prep was the most successful dinner in it’s history. The evening generated $316,735 in donations and concluded with a festive keynote address by editor of Portland the University of Portland magazine, Brian Doyle, with other performances by the award winning Seton Choir as well as Seton Drama. The presenting sponsor was PeaceHealth; Gold Sponsors: Clark County Title, Columbia Bank, Commercial Realty Advisors, LSW Architects, Riverview Community Bank, Providence Health and Services; Blue sponsors: Global Security, Grand Canyon University and The Heathman Lodge.

  • Community Home Health & Hospice named as a Top Agency of the 2014 HomeCare Elite

    Community Home Health & Hospice has announced that it has been named a Top Agency of the 2014 HomeCare Elite, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. Now in its ninth year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, best practice (process measure) implementation, patient experience (Home Health CAHPS), quality improvement and consistency, and financial performance. In order to be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least one outcome in Home Health Compare. Out of 9,994 agencies considered, 2,501 are elite. Visit Community on the web at www.chhh.org.

  • Annual Halloween Fun Fest in Battle Ground this afternoon

    491516117_640The Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce and the City of Battle Ground present the 33rd annual Halloween Fun Fest today, Friday, Oct. 31. The evening kicks off with Battle Ground businesses vying for the Spirit Award & Best Scarecrow in Downtown Battle Ground Award judged by Mallard Landing Residents. Families can enjoy a costume contest, trick-or-treating, coloring contests and more. Additionally, Battle Ground Parks & Recreation will present, “Fright Night,” from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Battle Ground Community Center with games, prizes, treasures, tricks and treats. All proceeds benefit the North County Community Food Bank.

  • WSU Vancouver hosts MBA Information night Nov. 5

    WSU Vancouver will host an MBA Information Night at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, in the Multimedia Classroom Building, Room 16. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet recent MBA graduates, receive an overview of the MBA program, its requirements and costs. This event is free and open to the public. WSU Vancouver’s MBA program is designed to prepare students for current and future leadership positions, strengthen analytical skills and build stakeholder relationships. With small class sizes, professional faculty and a real-world curriculum, the MBA program is the right choice for those who are ready to take the next step in career advancement. www.vancouver.wsu.edu.

  • Eight days of razor clam digging begin Nov. 4

    Clam diggers can return to coastal beaches starting Tuesday, Nov. 4, to dig razor clams during the first of two planned openings in November. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the latest round of evening digs after marine toxin test results showed the clams are safe to eat. Digging is not allowed on any beach before noon. Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, said the best digging typically occurs one to two hours before low tide. Lanterns or headlamps are recommended. Comprehensive information about razor clams – from updates on tentative digs to how-to advice on digging and cooking – is available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/.

  • Green Business Program helps participants hone their operations

    265Local 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, 2015Clark 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.  Click here for the original story.

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

    prettyrewardsWomen 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. Registration is $37.50 for members; $41.50 for visitors, and includes buffet, dessert, coffee, tea, tax & tip. Click here for the full story.

  • Caps N Taps celebrates one and a half years this Saturday in downtown Camas

    10671279_698375253581928_5600106902327775094_nJoin 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. For more information, visit www.capsntapscamas.com or find them on Facebook here.

  • 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.

  • 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 www.vancouversymphony.org.

  • 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.

  • 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 today

    20490_10151204971767675_1307552017_nBeaches Restaurants in Vancouver and at the Portland Airport are showing support for Harney Elementary by hosting a Cash Back Day today 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.

  • 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 http://touchmarkvancouver.com.

  • 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.