Beth Quartarolo leaving
Beth Quartarolo, Greater
Vancouver Chamber of Commerce president and veteran of 11 years of
leadership in the organization is resigning effective Aug. 15.
Clark College dental hygiene student Betsy Preheim was recently honored with the Anthony Westwater Jong Memorial Community Dental Health Award for her work spearheading a Dental Health Day for homeless men.
Preheim organized community partners including local dentists and hygienists, the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington, and Clark County Public Health to provide dental care for 18 homeless men last April in the Clark College Dental Hygiene Clinic.
Forty-four volunteers provided the 18 patients with dental treatment consisting of x-rays, fluoride treatments, fillings, and extractions.
Their combined efforts produced more than $20,000 worth of dental services. The project was financed by the Kaiser Permanente Dental Care Program.
After graduating from Kalama High School in 2000, Preheim spent four years in the Air Force as a computer technician. Following her honorable discharge, she decided to change careers. “I chose the dental hygiene profession because I love helping people,” said Preheim.
Preheim, who was one of only three people nationally to receive the Jong award in 2008, says she has plans to do the project again next year.
Patrick Callahan named clinic director
Patrick Callahan has been appointed clinic director for the Vancouver Free Clinic, succeeding Marcia Howery, who served as clinic director for the past 18 years.
Most recently Callahan had been program manager for Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon. Callahan’s background includes research and health education positions at the University of Rochester and Johns Hopkins University.
Callahan is also a professionally trained classical pianist.
CRESA creates blog to
Citing the fact that YouTube videos and text messages were captured real-time and downloaded to the internet faster than police and emergency response vehicles could arrive to the scene of the Virginia Tech Massacre in April 2007, Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency executive director Tom Griffith announced this week that CRESA has established a “blog” on the internet to facilitate better communication with the public about emergency events.
"The blog will provide people in Clark County the opportunity to receive information about how we are preparing and responding to emergency threats and hazards in our local community," says Griffin.
"Whether we like it or not, the rapid pace of public information with the presence of the internet is changing how we do business in the emergency response arena," Griffith adds.
Individuals may subscribe to the blog so that each time is updated they can receive a direct email which provides new information.
“We will seek to update the blog at least once weekly with information about relevant upcoming community events, volunteer opportunities for training and as an outlet for information on specific incidents within Clark County,” Griffith states.
According to Griffith, the open-source, public blog, developed because of its low cost, includes some advertising.
Griffith says: "CRESA evaluated the cost of eliminating advertising which became increasingly costly based on the number of subscribers. Since it is our hope that many local citizens will take advantage of this blog for information, we simply provide a disclaimer that we have not selected, nor do we endorse any of the appearing advertisers.”
Curtin Creek habitat project resumes
The $3.2 million Curtin Creek wetland habitat enhancement project has resumed on the creek in the Orchards area. It is the largest single habitat project conducted by the county to date.
According to Clark County Public Works project manager Jean Singer, “The Curtin Creek project will help provide water quality treatment while also offering major improvements for fish and wildlife habitats.”
The work to restore the creek and create a new wetland enhancement and stormwater management area started last summer. About 75 percent of the project cost is financed through Clean Water fees collected annually from county residents and businesses.
The entire 30-acre site will be replanted with native trees and shrubs. The project extends from the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad trestle between Northeast 82nd and Northeast 87th avenues south to Northeast 99th Street.
The Vancouver Lake Partnership meets at 4 p.m. today in Port of Vancouver offices, 3103 NW Lower River Road.
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