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Library Board invites the public to “meet and greet” finalists for executive director Aug. 10 and 11

Monday, August 3rd, 2015


The Fort Vancouver Regional Library District Board of Trustees invites the public to casual “meet and greet” events around the district that will provide an opportunity to interact with the three finalists for the position of FVRL executive director. The three candidates, whose identities and backgrounds will be released Tuesday, Aug. 4, will all be present at each of three events:

Monday, Aug. 10 – 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Stevenson Community Library – Lower-level Gallery
120 NW Vancouver Ave., Stevenso.

Monday, Aug. 10 – 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Vancouver Community Library – Columbia Room, Level 1
901 C St., Vancouver.

Tuesday, Aug. 11 – 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Three Creeks Community Library – Community Room
800-C NE Tenney Rd., Vancouver.

Attendees may fill out comment forms at the events about the candidates, for use by the board in their final selection.The executive director position is open due to the pending retirement of Nancy Tessman, who has been FVRL Executive Director since July 2012. Questions about the candidate events may be directed to the library district at 360-906-5000.

Public Health issues algae advisory for Vancouver Lake

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

images-3Clark County Public Health is advising the public to avoid direct contact with Vancouver Lake water due to the presence of cyanobacteria. Because blue-green algae produce toxins that can be harmful to people and deadly for small pets that drink the water, public health officials are recommending: no swimming or wading, no wind surfing or sail boarding, no water contact for animals, and precautions against contact with water while boating or fishing. Caution signs have been posted at the lake and will remain as long as cyanobacteria are present. Water in park restrooms and shelters is not affected by lake water and remains safe to drink. Eating fish from the lake is considered safe if organs such as liver and kidney, where toxins can build up, are carefully removed and people wash hands after cleaning fish. For more information and current updates, visit

City of Washougal launches new website

Monday, August 3rd, 2015


The 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. Highlights of the new site include:

  •  Responsive design, which means the site is resizable for any screen, including any mobile device.
  •  Social media integration.
  •  Citizens can search the website by keyword, subscribe to email notifications, track current city job openings, view the city calendar and upcoming events, and much more.

During the redesign effort, the City also endeavored to clean up its content from the old site. As a result, the city eliminated outdated and inaccurate or duplicate information and now hosts a trimmed up site. The site will continue to be a work in progress over the next few months as additional content is added and organized.

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

Monday, August 3rd, 2015
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Ebony and Ivory and artists L-R Melville Tangen, Bryan McGee,
Antonio Ruiz of Larch Corrections Center.

Now 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.

The newest addition to the Keys’ lineup of pianos is “Ebony and Ivory.” Painted by Larch Corrections Center Art Club members, the piano features busts of famous pianists Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, and Ludwig van Beethoven. The Larch piano will be placed inside the Mill Plain New Seasons Market.

Also new this year is “City Escape,” featuring a Portland cityscape and the PDX carpet. The piano, painted by artist Natalie Andrzejeski and sponsored by Beaches Restaurant, will be placed in Terminal D of the Portland Airport.

“Little Hands, Big Hearts,” a last-minute addition to the program designed and painted by local aspiring artists ages 18 months to six years, will be showcased at the downtown branch of iQ Credit Union.

Funds raised through the program assist the School of Piano Technology for the Blind in fulfilling its mission of providing life-changing training to blind and visually impaired students. A complete list of piano placements, sponsorships, and performance schedules will be available on the School’s website at