Five Clark County leaders joined the Clark College Alumni Association Board of Directors

by DIwpBacon on April 15, 2014

Chandra Chase


Jay Gilberg


Carson Legree


Mari Jessup











Jennifer Campbell

Five new Clark County leaders have joined the Clark College Alumni Association Board of Directors. Each new board member will serve a three-year term and work on a variety of projects including alumni membership recruitment, on- and off-campus fundraising events, Clark College’s Outstanding Alumni Award recognition and the annual Alumni-Student Dinner.

The new additions are: Chandra Chase ’02, the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce; Jay Gilberg ’78, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network; Carson Legree of Clark College; Mari Jessup ’12, Horenstein Law Group; and Jennifer Campbell ’13 an award-winning Clark student.

Clark College’s Alumni Association reunites former students with the college and one another, provides alumni services and supports Clark College’s mission of teaching, lifelong learning and service to the community. They also support the Alumni Association Scholarship Endowment Fund. The annual signature event is the Alumni-Student Dinner wherein the Outstanding Alumni Award is unveiled. Learn more at

Annual Camas Easter Egg Hunt at Crown Park Apr. 20

by DIwpBacon on April 15, 2014


Join Camas Parks and Recreation for its annual Easter Egg Hunt beginning at 1:30 p.m. sharp, at Crown Park on Easter Sunday, Apr. 20. This free event will have over 10,000 candy and prize-filled eggs hidden in designated egg hunting areas for children ages two through 12. Children should bring a basket or bag for their eggs and must be accompanied by an adult.

Adults are not allowed in the hunting areas, except in area for ages two and three.”Sir Launch-a-Lot,” the egg launching robot from Camas High School will be on hand. The Traditional Easter Bonnet and Contemporary Hat contest will take place immediately following the egg hunt. For further information, visit and click on the “Easter Day Hunt” tab.

#nextchapter hosts free movie and discussion this Thursday


Join the #nextchapter program and watch Disconnect, then participate in a discussion about the film and this year’s theme; “digital learning” this Thursday, Apr. 17, at Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St. in downtown Vancouver. It is free and open to the public.

Disconnect explores how people experience the negative sides of modern communication technology by following three stories. The film is rated “R.” To read more about the movie, visit

This is one of many activities brought to Vancouver by #nextchapter (“hash next chapter”): Vancouver’s annual community-wide discussion of compelling cultural trends in the emerging digital economy. This free reading, conversation and educational program is designed to stimulate learning, innovation and opportunities to create the future we want. Join the discussion at

Nelson Holmberg joins BergerABAM Vancouver office


Nelson Holmberg, photo courtesy of BergerABAM

Nelson Holmberg, a communications veteran with experience in both public and private entities, has joined the staff of BergerABAM, working in the Vancouver office. Holmberg will serve as a senior public involvement project manager and began his new position on March 24.

“The impressive response from people across the community tells me that we found an excellent person for our public involvement group,” says Helen Devery, vice president and manager of BergerABAM’s Vancouver office. “His experience provides a critical sensitivity to the unique demands of a client’s needs and knows how to reach the target audiences effectively.”

Holmberg has more than 20 years of experience in public relations and strategic communications and nearly 30 years of experience working in and around the media. His career work has focused on planning and implementing communications and community outreach programs, as well as crisis communications. He was most recently executive director at the Port of Woodland [2010-2014] and was communications manager at the Port of Vancouver USA for three years prior. For more information about BergerABAM, visit

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  • WSU Vancouver graduate student wins Fulbright to study in Switzerland

    Eric Dexter, a graduate student in environmental science at WSU Vancouver, has been awarded a 2014/2015 Fulbright Fellowship to study at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Dexter, who will receive his Master of Science degree at WSU Vancouver in May and will continue on for his Ph.D., works in the aquatic ecology laboratory at WSU Vancouver with Stephen M. Bollens, director and professor of the School of the Environment, and Gretchen Rollwagen-Bollens, associate clinical professor. He studies invasive species in the Columbia River ecosystem. The subject of aquatic invasive species is a matter of international concern, especially in Lausanne, which is on Lake Geneva, one of the largest lakes in Western Europe. Dexter will join the laboratories of Severine Vuilleumier, Ph.D., and Jerome Goudet, Ph.D. to gain experience with new genetic techniques. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program of the United States, with more than 100,000 alumni since the program began in 1948.

  • Battle Ground second grader to be sworn in as Honorary Police Chief Apr. 18

    This Friday will be a special day in the life of eight-year-old Chase Getch and his family. Chase will be sworn in as Honorary Battle Ground Chief of Police at a Junior Deputy Program event to support Chase and children like him who have been diagnosed with chronic illnesses. He has a condition called Achondroplasia, also known as “Dwarfism”, which has caused him to undergo several surgical procedures. The swearing-in ceremony will be held Friday, Apr. 18 at 6 p.m. at Main Event Sports Grill-East located at 3200 SE 164th Ave. in Vancouver. A donation dinner, including a silent auction, will be held from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. The community is invited to join Chase, his family, and the Battle Ground Police Department in support and celebration of this brave young hero. Donations may also be made to the Clark County Junior Deputy Program at any Riverview Bank branch.

  • Vancouver Public Works launches new radar speed trailer volunteer program to help calm traffic

    Vancouver Public Works has launched a new volunteer program to raise driver awareness and calm neighborhood traffic using the City’s radar speed trailer. The Speed Monitor Awareness Radar Trailer (SMART) is a device that shows drivers in real-time both their speeds and the City’s speed limit. This awareness tool can also help residents get a better understanding of local traffic speeds in their neighborhood.The Neighborhood Traffic Safety Alliance will help design the new SMART Volunteer Program, recruit fellow neighbors to volunteer and champion the effort to improve neighborhood livability and safety. The solar powered trailer is placed alongside the roadway, usually for one week from Monday to Friday. To request that the City’s radar speed trailer be placed in a neighborhood, fill out a form here. To learn more, visit

  • Clark Public Utilities’ 15th Annual StreamTeam Earth Day Celebration this Saturday

    earth-day-CPU-webpageClark Public Utilities will host its annual Earth Day Celebration in partnership with Clark County Environmental ServicesSaturday, Apr. 19. The largest Earth Day event in Clark County, the planting and EcoFair will be held at the Salmon Creek Regional Park near Klineline Pond. This event features more than 30 participating organizations. The free community EcoFair, open to all, kicks off at 10 a.m. with festivities lasting until 2 p.m. Click here for the original story.

  • WSU Vancouver hosts discussion about proposed copper mine near Mt. St. Helens Apr. 23

    story_about_copperThe Washington State University Vancouver Center for Social and Environmental Justice and the Gifford Pinchot Task Force will host author Bill Carter who will talk about a proposed copper mine near Mount St. Helens. The lecture will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Apr. 23 in the Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110. The event is free and open to the public. Carter wrote Boom, Bust, Boom – A Story About Copper, the Metal that Runs the World. The book is an account of the presence of copper in our lives and its cost on health, the economy and the environment. For the full story, click here.

  • Doug Lasher announces run for re-election

    DougLasher_Sep2013_WebSmallerClark County Treasurer Doug Lasher has announced that he is running for re-election. “I said four years ago that the Clark County voters had honored me with a job I absolutely love: safely managing the public’s money and my feelings still remain the same,” says Lasher. “I very much appreciate that honor and pledge to continue to serve the expectations of the citizens of Clark County with the utmost integrity, fairness, and diligence.” For further information, visit www.votedouglashercom. For the original article, click here.

  • Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy presents “Cats! Jr.” this weekend

    1623288_10152222489980751_779027741_nThe Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy presents Cats! Jr. this weekend at the Washburn Performing Arts Center, 1201 39th St. in Wahougal. Tickets are $10 per person; $13 at the the door. Showtimes are Friday, Apr. 18, at  7 p.m.; Saturday, Apr. 19, at 2  and 7 p.m.; Sunday, Apr. 20, at 3 p.m. For more information, visit  Click here for the original story.

  • Ribbon cutting for Prestige Plaza Apr. 16

    52c0f0235a90f691The community is invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony for Prestige Plaza at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, Apr. 16, at the plaza on the northwest corner of 13th and D Streets. The ceremony will feature remarks from several “VIP”s, (including a special surprise dedication), apartment tours, refreshments provided by Burgerville, and demonstrations of the 1GB internet service available at the Plaza. For the original story, click here.

  • Volcano Views & Brews tonight at Loowit Brewing

    The Mount St. Helens Institute’s “Volcano Views & Brews” series brings entertaining and informative speakers to Loowit Brewing this evening, Apr. 15. Happy hour begins at 5 p.m. and the presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and no registration is necessary. Loowit Brewing is located at 507 Columbia St., downtown Vancouver. This month’s guest speaker is Dr. John Bishop, professor of biology at WSU Vancouver. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Mount St. Helens Institute for many years. His research, funded by the National Science Foundation, focuses on mechanisms that control the development of new plant communities. He is especially interested in how herbivores and a lack of nutrients shape the colonization of barren areas.

  • Vancouver PC Users Group meets tonight

    The Vancouver PC Users Group (VPCUG) will meet on Tuesday, Apr. 15, at the First Congregational Church, 1220 NE 68th St., Vancouver. This month includes a presentation by member Ray Beeson, on “Cost Comparison for TV, Phone and Internet Provider Service.” Doors open at 6:30 p.m, meetings run 7 to 9 p.m. Check the club website at for more
    information and a map, or call 360-573-4163. The event is free and open to the public.

  • AHA!’s Betsy Henning at the next PubTalk this evening at 5 p.m.

    event-49CREDC’s next Clark County PubTalk, featuring AHA’S Betsy Henning, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight, Apr. 15, at the Artillery Barracks at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 600 E. Hatheway Rd. Registration is $30 and can be done online here. Henning will discuss “Unleashing Brand Value: Four Steps to a more Powerful Brand.” PubTalk is a high-energy networking event connecting entrepreneurs, investors, and other business professionals to foster innovation in southwest Washington. For more information and to register for PubTalk, click here. For the original article, click here.

  • WEO meeting focuses on spring fashion Apr. 16

    WEOapril2014The Women Entrepreneurs Organization (WEO) of SW Washington presents Fashion Focus: Spring Image Refresh at the April meeting held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Apr. 16 at the Heathman Lodge, 7801 NE Greenwood Dr. in Vancouver. Tickets are $37.50 for members; $41.50 for visitors and includes buffet, dessert, coffee or tea, tax and gratuity. For more information and to register visit For the original story, click here.

  • Sam Battaglia performs at Burnt Bridge Cellars tonight at 6 p.m.

    “Culture Club Tuesday” continues at Burnt Bridge Cellars from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight, Apr. 14. The evening will feature a performance by guitarist Sam Battaglia. Battaglia is a member of the North By Northewest Jazz Trio. Attendees can enjoy delicious wine by the glass and appetizers. Culture Club evenings happen every Tuesday through spring at Burnt Bridge Cellars, 1500 Broadway in downtown Vancouver. For further details, visit or find them on Facebook, here.

  • Applicants wanted for Animal Control Advisory Board position

    The Board of County Commissioners is seeking applicants for a position that will soon open on the Animal Protection and Control Advisory Board. The position is for a Clark County resident who is a member, employee or officer of a Clark County animal welfare organization. The board meets quarterly at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month. Functions include: Reporting on general operations of the Animal Protection and Control Program and recommended modifications to county code, and acting as an appeal hearing board. For more information or an application, contact Paul Scarpelli at Animal Control, 360-397-2375 ext. 4705, or Applications must be sent to Animal Protection and Control, P.O. Box 9810, Vancouver, WA 98666-9810 or dropped off at the department on the third floor of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St. Deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 18.

  • Backwoods Brewing hosts beer dinner at Roots Apr. 17
    135Roots Restaurant & Bar invites the community to a Beer Dinner with Backwoods Brewing Company on Thursday, Apr. 17, beginning at 6 p.m. The evening costs $40 per person. Interested parties should register early as space is limited. To attend, call 360-260-3001 or make reservations online at Click here for the full story.
  • 17th annual Nez Perce Chief Redheart Memorial ceremony Apr. 19

    ChiefRedheartPictureMembers of the Nez Perce Indian Nation will present their traditional memorial ceremony on the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. The three-hour ceremony will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, Apr. 19, across 5th Street from the reconstructed Fort Vancouver. The ceremony pays tribute to tribal ideals, honors tribal ancestors and helps to heal old wounds. There is no admission charge, but donations are welcome. Refreshments at the ceremony will be provided by Meals on Wheels. For the original story, Click here.

  • Vancouver Vision clinic hosts open house and ribbon cutting this Thursday

    Vancouver Vision Clinic will host an open house and ribbon cutting to celebrate the restoration of a new building at 329 NE Sixth Ave. in Camas, from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Apr. 17. The Camas-Washougal Chamber of Commerce will welcome doctors CurtissMcTyierPatel and Payne and their staff to the new accommodations. Attendees can expect food, drinks and raffle prizes. Visit for more information.

  • Ground breaking ceremony for POW/MIA memorial at the Armed Forces Reserve Center Apr. 18

    POW-MIA flagThe Community Military Appreciation Committee (CMAC), a civic nonprofit organization, will be breaking ground for the POW/MIA Memorial at the Armed Forces Reserve Center (AFRC) at 15005 NE 65th St. in Vancouver on Friday, Apr. 18. The ceremony will begin at 8 a.m. and will include speakers J.D. LittonDan Tarbell, CMAC co-chair and Larry Smith, CMAC co-chair and Vancouver City Councilmember. Bricks around the memorial are available for $100. For the original story, click here.