September 17, 2008

In Your Neighborhood

Fairgrounds: A pooch shows its stuff during the Columbia Cup agility trials.

Fisher-Mill Plain: Parishioners and supporters stand in front of the new Holy Redeemer Parish Church that is still under construction. The church's parish center was christened Sept. 13.

West Hazel Dell: This container is on its way to Rwanda with plumbing supplies, clothing and other donations thanks to the efforts of Ten Talents International, a relief organization started by Vancouver resident Mike McColm.

Felida: Boy Scouts from Troop 479 spent 10 days trekking through the mountains in New Mexico in August. One of the adult leaders couldn't join them, so they brought along a cardboard cutout. Pictured left to right: Alex Rupp, Drew Rupp, Dave Rupp, Daniel Graef, Michael Lycan, Stephen Herzog, Josh Bonnell, Ian Heffron, Pat Heffron, "Larry Clifton" cutout, Jon Elias and Len Elias.

Woodland: Churi, owned by Daryl Gohl of Columbia Mist Alpacas.

Evergreen Highlands: Alyssa Turner holds a Ugandan child.

Esther Short: An injured owl was found perched in a tree outside The Columbian building Sept. 8. He's now doing well at the Audubon Society in Portland.

Lilly Roscoe

West Vancouver and Downtown

Esther Short: A young barred owl was found sitting in a tree in front of The Columbian's building on Sept. 8 in the middle of the day. Worried passers-by informed the customer service representatives at the front desk, who then called the Audubon Society in Portland. A representative from the society said she would come by after her work day to pick up the injured animal and a guest at the next-door Hilton Vancouver Washington spent several hours waiting with the owl to make sure no one disturbed it. When the Audubon Society rep arrived, she said that it appeared the owl had suffered head trauma from either hitting a window or a car. A veterinarian at the society said there may be some loss of vision so he may not be able to be released back into the wild, but as of press time, he is eating well and gaining weight.

Battle Ground, Meadow Glade and Hockinson

Battle Ground: Lilly Roscoe, daughter of Colleen and Matt Roscoe, has been chosen to appear in the National Down Syndrome Society's 2008 Down syndrome awareness video that will premiere Sept. 28 in New York City. The photo of Lilly, who has Down syndrome, was selected from 2,500 entries in the NDSS nationwide call for photos. Approximately 200 photographs will appear in the video production to be shown on the larger-than-life plasma screen, located in the heart of Times Square. Lilly will also be participating in the local Northwest Down Syndrome Association Buddy Walk at the Rose Quarter in Portland on Oct. 4. For more information visit .

Hazel Dell, Felida and Salmon Creek

Felida: Eight members of Boy Scout Troop 479 spent 10 days on a wilderness backpacking trek in the mountains of New Mexico in August. The Philmont Scout Ranch near Cimarron is 214 square miles of wilderness with summits reaching 12,415 feet. The Scouts covered 76 miles during their trek and witnessed extreme weather ranging from intense heat to thunderstorms complete with hail. Along the way they enjoyed panning for gold, burro racing and rock climbing. One of the troop's adult leaders, Larry Clifton, was unable to go on the trip so the group made a life-size likeness of him that accompanied the boys on the entire trip. "Every morning the call through the camp was 'Who has Mr. Clifton today?' " said Dave Rupp, one of the adult leaders.

Salmon Creek: Boy Scout Brad Hansen recently built two kiosks at each end of the Salmon Creek Trail as part of his Eagle Scout project. The kiosks feature pamphlet holders that have information on the Salmon Creek Watershed Council in an effort to increase awareness of the group's mission, which is "to provide a forum for citizens and organizations in Clark County to participate and partner on the ground restoration, water quality and advocacy of the Salmon Creek Watershed," according to the group's Web site.

West Hazel Dell: Ten Talents International, a relief organization started by Vancouver resident Mike McColm, is filling a shipping container with plumbing supplies and equipment as well as clothes and other donations. The destination is a new 7-acre housing development near Kigali, Rwanda, for street children orphaned during the Rwandan genocide. The container is now sitting in the parking lot of the church at 417 Northeast 65th St. (just off Hazel Dell Avenue). Ten Talents is hosting a fundraising banquet for the mission at the Hilton Vancouver Washington at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. To sign up contact [email protected] .

North Clark County and Woodland

Woodland: Daryl Gohl, owner of Columbia Mist Alpacas in Woodland, said because of the 2008 farm bill, alpaca breeders will now have access to many programs previously available to more traditional livestock producers. The bill officially designated alpacas as farm livestock 24 years after they were first commercially imported from South America to the United States. One of the programs available is grants to cover the cost of soil and water conservation projects, as well as disaster assistance to cover the cost of lost production. The National Alpaca Farm Days will be Sept. 27 and 28. For information, visit .

Ridgefield and Fairgrounds

Ridgefield: A $3 million headquarters for Agave Jeans is under way in the Ridgefield Business Park on the southwest quadrant of the city's Interstate 5 junction at the Pioneer Street exit. The 24,000- square-foot building is expected to open in 2009 as an office for the designer jean-maker's staff of five employees and warehouse space for its products, said Jeff Shafer, company owner. Shafer moved his formerly Los Angeles-based company to temporary offices in Vancouver in 2006. He selected the Ridgefield site for its proximity to I-5. The project's general contractor is Vancouver-based RSV Construction Services.

Fairgrounds: Approximately 150 pooches of all breeds and sizes turned out to leap, twist, tunnel and otherwise negotiate obstacles during the 12th annual Columbia Cup, a dog agility trial held at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds on the weekend of Sept. 5 and 6. There were eight courses and three skill levels. The event was sponsored by the Columbia Agility Team - whose acronym, it must be pointed out, is CAT. Clark County entries showed well: Tanya Sacks and her border collie mix, Jake, placed second in the Elite Large Dog category; Mary Crittendon and her border collie, Abby, placed third in the Open Large Dog category; and Bob Weinkauf and his border collie, Tally, placed third in the Novice Large Dog category.

Central Vancouver, Minnehaha and The Heights

Evergreen Highlands: When Alyssa Turner learned the nonprofit organization, Courts for Kids, was going to Africa she knew she wanted to be part of the crew. Alyssa loves sports and this was a way she could combine her passion for helping others by building sports courts. Alyssa, part of the 14-member team, arrived in Gulu, Uganda in July. As soon as the volunteers arrived they started compacting soil and smashing boulders with sledgehammers to make gravel. Alyssa said they weren't able to finish the court during their stay, but did hold basketball and volleyball camps for the youth. Alyssa is a senior at Hudson's Bay High School. President and founder of Courts for Kids, Derek Nesland, graduated from Evergreen High School and then went on to play basketball at Portland State University from 1996-2000, where he was an Academic All-American as well as an inductee into the 2006 Hall of Fame Class. For information on how to make a financial contribution, 360-521-0592 or .

Central Park: A Community Resource Fair at the Marshall Community Center on Aug. 19 connected hundreds of families with resources and nonprofit organizations that can help them become stronger, healthier, self-sufficient and better equipped to face the challenges of poverty, physical disabilities, education and employment-related issues. More than 438 kids received free school supplies, 100 received free haircuts from local beauticians and a dental van was on site providing free check-ups. Families were also treated to hot dogs and a performance by One Of A Kind Drumline.

Ogden: Alan Webb Auto Group has announced the nominees for its second annual Teacher of the Year Award, which will be presented at the Heathman Lodge on Sept. 20. The four finalists are Debbie Guymon, a seventh-grade teacher at Alki Middle School; Karen Wysaske, freshman math teacher at Washougal High School; John Paul (J.P.) Garofalo, psychology teacher at Washington State University Vancouver; and Meda Logan, a fifth-grade teacher at Maple Grove Middle School in Battle Ground.

Harney Heights: The Pop Warner Warriors football club has posted on its Web site an address where people can send donations to Rhonda Payton - "Miss Rhonda." She's the woman profiled in the Sept. 3 Neighbors section who's raising money to get her son, Janarie, to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., for testing and possible surgery for his heart condition, chronic pericarditis. She's raised about $1,000 but needs thousands more. Since she started raising funds during football practices, the Pop Warners have adopted her. To make a donation you can visit Warrior field at the corner of Norris Road and Fourth Plain Boulevard, or visit , or mail to Vancouver Pop Warner, P.O. Box 70177, Vancouver WA 98665. Attention: Janarie Payton.

East Vancouver, Cascade Park, Fisher's Landing and Evergreen

Image: The Clark County Skills Center has received the national Promising Practices in Character Education award for finding new ways to encourage student involvement and engagement. The recognition comes from Character Education Partnership, a Washington, D.C., nonpartisan nonprofit group that gives out annual awards to encourage ethical, social and academic growth of students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The Clark County Skills Center, which provides technical and professional training to high school and college students, will send representatives to the 15th Annual National Forum on Character Education in Arlington, Va., to officially accept the award in October.

Burnt Bridge Creek: Keith Hallett, an Allstate exclusive financial representative, received the Agency Hands in the Community award for his volunteerism. Hallett volunteers with the American Diabetes Association, where he organizes community volunteers and speaks in classrooms about healthy eating. In addition to Hallett's award, the Allstate Foundation gave a $500 grant to the American Diabetes Association.

Fisher-Mill Plain: More than 200 volunteers gathered on Sept. 13 for a luncheon to christen a 6,000-square-foot parish center for the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. Parishioners and community volunteers have worked for more than a year to build the center, which will provide space for education, social activities and the parish offices. A new church is also being built on the property at 17010 N.E. Ninth St.

East Clark County: Camas and Washougal

Camas-Washougal: Three new board members have been chosen for the Camas-Washougal Chamber of Commerce. Carol Lackey of Washington Mutual, Dan Cox of Riverview Community Bank and Laura Forsyth of Creative Computer Solutions Inc. began their term this month. They will each serve a two-year term.

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