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Vancouver teacher named region’s Teacher of the Year

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Bethany Rivard. Photo courtesy of ESD 112.

 Fort Vancouver High School teacher Bethany Rivard has been named Educational Service District 112 region Teacher of the Year. Rivard 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.

Rivard teaches English Language Arts, a position she has held for the past nine years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Language Arts from Hunter College in New York City and a Master’s Degree in Education from Portland State University.

Students credit Rivard for encouraging them to succeed and pursue their dreams despite obstacles. “Mrs. Rivard believed that every single one of her students were fully capable of doing anything and everything they put their minds to,” said former student and George C. Marshall Youth Leadership Award winner Jose Scott. “I know that I speak for many when I say that Mrs. Rivard believed in me more than I have believed in myself at times.”

Rivard is a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) in Young Adult/English Language Arts. She is an adjunct professor for Running Start through Central Washington University to offer college credits to her Fort Vancouver students. Rivard will join other nominees from Washington at the state Teacher of the Year Award Ceremony this fall.

Vancouver Police introduce new K9 Tripp

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

K9_Tripp_003 Today, the Vancouver Police Department introduced K9 Tripp who has completed certification training in Patrol and Drug Detection. He is trained to search for suspects both inside buildings and outside by tracking, trailing, and wind scenting and is trained to locate the odor of drugs. K9 Tripp is a two year-old Belgian Malinois, his country of origin is Holland.

K9 Tripp is named in honor of Tennessee State Trooper Douglas W. Tripp, who was killed in the line of duty on May 19, 1991. “Trooper Tripp was assigned to the region where I lived as a child,” says Tripp’s handler, Vancouver Police Officer Roger Evans. ” My relationship with Trooper Tripp had a huge impact on my decision to pursue a career in Law Enforcement.”

Officer Evans was hired by the Vancouver Police Department in 1998. He was in the K9 unit with his K9 partner Dakota from 2005 to 2007. Dakota was killed in the line of duty in 2007. Officer Evans returned to the K9 Unit with K9 partner Eron, a German Shepherd who went into service in 2010 and retired in 2015. For more information about the Vancouver Police K9 Unit, visit

Staff at Touchmark earn certification as Best Friends master trainers

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Touchmark-at-Fairway-Village_4Touchmark at Fairway Village has announced that two of its staff, Michelle Avdienko, life enrichment/wellness director, and Anna Giurgiev, RN, resident care manager, have both earned the designation of Best Friends master trainers. Avdienko and Giurgiev received their certifications from David Troxel, MPH, co-founder of the Best Friends Approach, which is a groundbreaking method of care for individuals living with Alzheimer’s and other dementia. The approach focuses on encouraging respect, empathy, support and trust. Both completed a comprehensive training and requisite testing to demonstrate proficiency. They will use the research-based information to design and implement programs and train Touchmark staff in the Best Friends Approach. A full-service retirement community, Touchmark at Fairway Village is a certified Best Friends Environment. For more information, visit

CRESA’s #30Days30Ways contest begins Sept. 1

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015


September is the 11th annual National Preparedness Month and this year’s national theme is “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 1, CRESA launches the sixth year of the huge online social media game called the 30 Days, 30 Ways Preparedness Challenge. Game rules can be found at

Players are given a daily challenge at 7 a.m. each morning. Players may submit replies to each of the tasks involved throughout the month to either Facebook, Twitter, commenting on the 3o Days Blog or by email. Players can choose to play as many days as they would like throughout the month. Players may also catch up and complete past tasks for the month if they miss a day. All tasks will be short and will not require a significant amount of time to complete.

The primary goal is for people to share information about emergency preparedness, on social media, to reach people who may not otherwise think about being ready for disasters. Through sharing and re-sharing information, it is vital for people to think about these interesting themes.

Submissions will be reviewed for their creativity, relativity to the task and its evident popularity online. Winners will be selected and rewarded with gift cards to Amazon. There will also be two Grand Prize winners, based on overall play and creativity selected in October, who will win a $50 Amazon card. To learn more, visit