New Columbia Crossing Coalition going for possible new federal
A new Columbia Crossing Coalition of Washington and Oregon
businesses and business-related organizations, including the ports
of Vancouver and Portland, has been organized to promote and find
financing for the already envisioned12-lane, plus light rail Columbia River
connection between Vancouver and Portland on Interstate 5, according
to former Washington State Rep. Bill Fromhold,
co-executive director of the coalition.
At stake may be a massive infusion of federal money aimed at
helping fix the economy through public works projects.
Initial board members of the new coalition are
executive director, Port of Vancouver,
executive director, Port of Portland,
executive director Identity Clark County and
Sandra Mc Donough,
Portland Business Alliance.According to Fromhold,
representatives from business, labor and community groups in
Washington and Oregon are joining to form this non-profit coalition.
It is expected to be financed through support organizations.The
original Columbia Crossing Coalition completed its work with
proposed designs for the crossing and has become known as the
Project Sponsors Council and is co-chaired by Washington State
University Vancouver chancellor,
co-chair of the original organization.
Parks Foundation awarded $3,000 Wal-Mart grant
The Parks Foundation has received a $3,000 Wal-Mart Community Giving
Program Grant in support of the 10th Annual Northeast Hazel Dell Neighborhood Association
Kids Christmas Party.The party will be held at Sarah J. Anderson Elementary
School, located at NE 104th Street and NE 23rd Avenue, on Thursday, Dec. 18, from 6-8 p.m. Last year’s party welcomed 474 children.
organizer and neighborhood association president
Bud Van Cleve
anticipates more than 500 children will attend this year. In addition to
a wrapped gift for each child, the party includes photos with Santa
Claus, tree decorating, craft tables, face-painting, and refreshments.
Organizers said the event is made possible through the
generosity of many local businesses and community members. The
neighborhood association is seeking donations of cash and/or wrapped
gifts marked “boy” or “girl” and age.
Volunteers are also needed
on the night of the event. For more information, please contact Bud Van
Northern Concepts honored by
LLC, founded in 2006 by Camas native
was the first to be recognized through the Camas-Washougal Chamber’s new
“Business of the Week” program. Northern Concepts LLC provides promotional
services, including direct mail, television advertising, fundraising,
and event planning.
Russell, a Camas City Councilmen, and
his wife run the business out of their home in Camas. Recently, the duo
put on the Harvest for the Hungry fundraiser for the Interfaith Treasure
House Food Bank. The Interfaith Treasure House has served the local
community since 1970 and is the major local organization dedicated to
helping those less fortunate in their own backyard. The Interfaith
Treasure House has a thrift store, food bank and many outreach programs.
Northern Concepts is in the process of
restructuring the business for the New Year. “We will have an announcement in February,”
said Russell “We will be expanding into new markets outside of retail
businesses & non-for-profit organizations.”
Clark County Fire & Rescue to host holiday
Clark County Fire & Rescue will
host a community holiday celebration on Tuesday, Dec. 23, at the Ridgefield Community Center located at 210 North Main
Avenue in downtown Ridgefield. The festivities begin at 6:30
p.m. Community members are invited to enjoy hot cocoa, cider, and donuts
while listening to live holiday music.
Santa Claus is
scheduled to arrive at 7:00 p.m. via a Clark County Fire & Rescue
engine. All visiting children will receive a gift bag and will have the
opportunity to have their photo taken with Santa.
The event is sponsored by the Donut Nook, the CCF&R
Volunteer Association, IAFF Local 3674, and the Dollar Tree for their
generous support of this event. For additional information, call
360-887-4609 or visit
12/13--St. Joseph Catholic Church
presents a live Biblical Christmas Story as part of its day-long
Advent Festival Saturday, Dec. 13, beginning with Mass at 9 a.m. in
the church at 400 Highland Drive. An exhibit of Madonnas will be shown
in the church from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Choir International performs
from 1 to 3 p.m. At 3:30 p.m. there will be a presentation of the
Rosary. Following a 5 p.m. mass, participants are invited to go
caroling with parishioners.
Meeting: The Vancouver Library Capital Facility Area Board will
meet on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at
9:30 a.m. (meeting was previously scheduled for December 9) in
the Clark County Commissioners Hearing Room, 6th Floor, Public Service
Center, 1300 Franklin Street, Vancouver, Washington, for review and
approval of the final design for the new main library.
Community Calendar Links
The Southwest Washington Center for the Arts has published its
December newsletter and calendar of events.
Click here for the PDF file.
Greater Vancouver Chamber Community Calendar: Click
City of Vancouver Calendar of Community Events:
Links to News of local
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Duplessie bouncing. <>Cheri Martin spreading cheer.<>Derrick DeLayhanding out treats.<>Jennifer Werdel stocking up.<>Kelly Walsh not surprised. <>Keith Wallace coming out of hiding. <>Wednesday, chance of rain, 37-45.
Thursday, fog, cooler 35-43. Friday, rain arriving in earnest, chance of snow
possible late 32-45.