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Beth Quartarolo leaving chamber post
for Oregon nonprofit organization

Beth Quartarolo, Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce president and veteran of 11 years of leadership in the organization is resigning effective Aug. 15.

Quartarolo, in the past 11 years has been an officer on the board of directors, chairman of the board and most recently president of the organization. Quartarolo is a former communications director for Hewlett Packard.

She will be joining the Oregon Primary Care Association as communications director. The organization is an advocate for access to health care for low-income and at-risk children and adults.

The Vancouver chamber is one of the oldest, largest and most influential business associations in the Vancouver-Portland metropolitan area, according to chamber chair Carmen Villarama.

Betsy Preheim gets national award
for dental service for homeless men

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
Keep public up to speed

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.”

To subscribe to the CRESA blog, go to www.cresa911.blogspot.com. For further information on CRESA, go to www.cresa911.org.

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.


News of local significance
Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Maybe there is a better bridge plan--Columbian, Tom Koenninger

NW Natural seeking up to 40 percent rate increase in Oregon--Ted Sickinger

Vancouver women gets 'soup can' jewelry back--Columbian, Laura McVicker

County residents cut big-ticket purchases--Coumbian, Cami Joner

Riverview first-quarter net income drops 72%--Columbian, Courtney Sherwood

Customer takes out Tacoma store robber with one punch--KATU-TV, Keith Eldridge (Video)

Consumer prices rise at one of the fastest rates in quarter century--Washington Post, Renae Merle and Neil Irwin

Bush administration to open talks with Iran--New York Times, Elaine Sciolino

Stocks jump on drop in oil and Wells Fargo report--New York Times, AP

Bush claims executive privilege on Valarie Plame/CIA leak--USA TODAY, AP

Oregonian closes Vancouver news bureau--Columbian

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C-TRAN Board of Directors (7/8)—3:30 p.m. CVTV
Vancouver Code Enforcement Appeal Hearings (7/10)—7:38 p.m. CVTV
Bravo Vancouver: The Gospel Hummingbirds—10:21 p.m. CVTV

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Dale Simison, SWMC Foundation, (360) 514-3182
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Hunt Communications Tom Hunt, 693-8180
KMac & Associates LLC, Kathy McDonald, 607-8959
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NAI Norris Beggs & Simpson, H. Roger Qualman, 699-7181
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Andy Nygard, CFP, (360) 695-6431
Security Signs, Designed to inform and sell! Carol Keljo, 817-9959
Vancouver Sign Group, lighting up Business since 1923! 693-4773
Speaking and Training
Kathy Condon, Career Communications, 695-4313
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Quality Window Washing, Dave Beecher, 256-7370

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