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Author: The New York Times
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Hoping for more with Give More 24!
Author: Patty Hastings

Give More 24! aims to raise $2 million in 24 hours on Thursday for Southwest Washington charities. That dollar goal was set about a month after last year’s all-day giving spree, well before the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc.

Maury Harris, spokesman for event host the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington, said organizers are sticking to the goal. It’s challenging but doable given that last year, the event raised almost $1.7 million for regional charities. Give More 24!, Harris said, is a way to highlight what’s good in Southwest Washington when there’s so much to be worried about.

“The community often rises to a challenge, and this is a challenging time,” he said.

About 230 nonprofit groups are participating, more than ever before. Harris attributes this to two things. One, the Community Foundation waived participation fees.

“The other reason is that COVID-19 is cutting into organizations’ operations,” he said.

Galas, auctions, luncheons — all the normal fundraisers are shifting online or not happening. The same goes for in-person programming that generates revenue.

The Ke Kukui Foundation wasn’t able to hold its largest annual event, Four Days of Aloha, a summertime Hawaiian festival in Esther Short Park that attracts thousands of people. It financially sustains the foundation throughout the year.

“Our foundation has been hit really hard because a lot of what we do is community relations and programs,” said Executive Director Kaloku Holt. “Everything involves people interacting.”

Holt wants to raise money to keep programs afloat and give the team something to (fingers crossed) prepare for next year.

“The hardest thing is not knowing what and when we can do anything,” he said.

Ongoing classes such as hula, Hawaiian language, Tahitian dance and drumming continued online but can be frustrating to try to teach virtually. Expenses, such as storage and studio rent, continue despite not being able to hold major money-making events.

The whole situation was starting to dispirit the normally optimistic Holt, but Give More 24! has lit a fire under him.

“We’re stoked be a part of it,” he said.

He hadn’t realized how long Give More 24! has occurred (it’s in its seventh year) and figures it’s a good opportunity to get the Ke Kukui Foundation’s name out there.

The Chinook Trail Association is another nonprofit participating in Give More 24! for the first time. It aims to create a 300-mile loop trail around the Columbia River Gorge.

“To do that we need more money,” said Steve Jones, the association’s president.

The pandemic hampered trail work parties. And, it’s challenging getting together to do the necessary planning and procedures that go into building a trail system.

As a small, mostly volunteer-run organization, Jones said members are always looking for funding sources. The Chinook Trail Association aims to raise at least $1,500 on Thursday.

“We’re small so we’re dipping out toe in the water to see how this works,” Jones said.

New strategies

These days some nonprofits’ services are needed more than ever, and yet they can’t raise money in the traditional way.

The Clark County Saddle Club, for instance, housed nearly 150 animals evacuated from Oregon wildfires. Tammy Steen, a longtime member, said the club wants to build awareness and memberships and gather donations to move to its new Battle Ground location.

The saddle club held a dinner and auction in February, “and then everything stopped because COVID came,” Steen said.

Game shows and barrel races are typical money-makers for the organization, but they were canceled.

“We lost what we normally would be bringing in from having shows,” she said.

Om Thrive, which provides yoga and wellness services for domestic violence survivors and under-served communities of color, is participating in Give More 24! for the first time. It’s been mostly doing virtual events and just started some in-person events at its new studio in Portland.

“Everything has been different,” said founder and Executive Director Day Bibb. The Vancouver resident said many yoga studios remain closed and others aren’t taking new clients. “It’s been a learning curve.”

Wildfire smoke also meant she couldn’t hold outdoor classes.

“You just have to get creative with the fundraising now. People want to give, you just have to give them a platform to do so,” she said.

Bibb is using Give More 24! to raise $20,000 for virtual programming for both adults and children. During the pandemic, she’s found her kids need something to do — a physical activity and something that helps them cope. She’s certified in imagination yoga, which is specifically for school-age kids and helps them build mindfulness and a sense of grounding.

“Right now kids really need that,” Bibb said.

She feels mixed emotions asking people to support Om Thrive when victims of ongoing wildfires could also use support. Day is rooting for everybody to have a successful day of local philanthropy on Thursday.

Donations matched

About $600,000 in matching prizes can make it easier for nonprofits to reach their financial goals.

“Giving on this day you’re literally giving more as long as you go for one of those matches,” Harris said.

The Community Foundation plans to update people throughout the day with videos from around the region, and there will be an evening music session online.

Give More 24! donations have always been made online, but the day of giving has also generally occurred alongside offline activities and events that play into the festiveness of the day.

On Thursday, the Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program is holding a virtual talent show that replaces its regular annual fundraiser, Battle of the Lawyer Bands. The music competition was an opportunity for the legal community to have fun together and rally around the legal aid organization in an informal way (outside the courthouse).

“We wanted to have something that’s just as silly,” especially with all the stress attached to the pandemic, said Executive Director Elizabeth Fitzgearld.

She’s found lawyers are like everyone else; they’re antsy and they’ve been working on hobbies while stuck at home. Lawyers will send videos of themselves doing their talent — baking bread, making jump shots, playing the flute — and the videos will be streamed on Facebook throughout the day.

Fitzgearld’s goal is to raise $10,000 to match a $10,000 sponsorship.

YWCA Clark County’s 25th annual luncheon was already planned for Sept. 24 before the pandemic happened. Brittini Lasseigne, director of philanthropy, said the nonprofit realized it would not be able to have an in-person event and considered changing the date. Instead, leaders hope holding a livestream luncheon during Give More 24! attracts new donors. Between the luncheon and Give More 24!, YWCA aims to raise $135,000.

“Having this virtual luncheon is a new thing for us and comes with its stressors,” Lasseigne said, adding that registration is only about one-fourth of normal. “It is nerve-wracking to see that.”

But, she also knows virtual fundraisers are vastly different; people may register at the last minute or not attend at all. YWCA won’t really know until Thursday.

The Columbian is a media sponsor of Give More 24!.

Nighttime paving set for East Mill Plain Boulevard
Author: Calley Hair

Nighttime paving along East Mill Plain Boulevard could impact drivers near Interstate 205 next week.

On Monday, crews will start paving East Mill Plain from 102nd Avenue to Chkalov Drive, with work hours starting around 6 p.m. and ending at 5 a.m. Drivers should expect partial lane closures, with one lane open in each direction, as well as reduced speeds, flaggers and equipment on the road.

Work hours are approximate, and subject to change depending on traffic volumes and weather. The project is scheduled to conclude on Sept. 26.

Additionally, the city of Vancouver is anticipating the following closures:

Tuesday – Wednesday:

• Eastbound Mill Plain ramps to I-205 southbound will be closed from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

• I-205 northbound ramp to eastbound Mill Plain will be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Thursday – Friday:

• I-205 southbound offramp to Mill Plain will be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

• I-205 northbound offramp to westbound Mill Plain will be closed from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

• Mill Plain onramp to I-205 northbound will be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

• Westbound Mill Plain onramp to I-205 southbound will be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Drivers are encouraged to plan ahead and leave additional time to reach their destinations. The city is also urging drivers to take alternative routes and avoid the area next week, if possible.


Vital Statistics
Author: The Columbian
Marriage licenses


Brian Scott Olmstead, 51, Vancouver, and Megan Marie Lord, 51, Vancouver.

Melissa Nicole Marx, 26, Battle Ground, and Nathan Arthur Ingemanson, 25, Battle Ground.

Christina Nicole Stevens, 32, Battle Ground, and Johnson Ngo, 38, Battle Ground.

De’Meshia Lavonne Bradford, 38, Vancouver, and Paulos Teklehiamanot Andebrehan, 47, Portland.

Heather Aleksandra Heilberg, 24, Portland, and Matthew Ross Nelson, 25, Portland.

Maya Elizabeth Wood, 19, Battle Ground, and Eliot Wesley Swett, 19, Kelso.

Shawn Michael DiCriscio, 30, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, and Elizabeth Michelle Feldstein, 31, Vancouver, B.C.

Marriage dissolutions


Carson Lloyd and Jenneen Autumn Trafton.

Nichole Jayleen and Michael James Lundervold.


Allan Linc and Rebecca Kaitlyn Burrell.

Bruce D. and Karin R. Hall.

Chelsea Breanne and Steven Neil Fredricksen. Petitioner’s name changed to Chelsea Breanne Stevens.

Paul E. and Elishia Diana Duncan.

Craig Warberg and Devin Moore.

Exotic Wilmarie and Brad Alan Burmester. Petitioner’s name changed to Exotic Wilmarie Kinsey.

Ginger Alisa and Aaron Tremaine Henry.

Hannah Grace and Manuel Juan Reimann.

Holly and John Searle. Petitioner’s name changed to Holly Sensenbach.

Jacob and Amanda Rogers.

Jeremy Willis Price and Mary Rae Martin-Price.

Jill Maren and David Scott Lovato.

Kristin E. and Robert D. Johnson.

Lesley and David Hiltz.

Lester and Susan Riley Jr.

Liliya A. and Michael V. Sokolov. Petitioner’s name changed to Liliya Pitchenko.

Lori and Shannon Elizabeth Henderson.

Melissa Ann and Jeffery Steven Merwin.

Michael and Susan B. Bozarth. Respondent’s name changed to Susan B. Ford.

Michael Thomas and Camille Victoria Theis. Respondent’s name changed to Camille Victoria Lowman.

Michelle S. and Donald Scott Waggoner.

Rachael and Joseph White.

Robert Samuel and Melissa Ann Lowree.

Roshan Tayefemohajer and Thara Kumbeno Memory.

Todd Raymond and Erin Elizabeth Johnson. Petitioner’s name changed to Melissa Ann Alberts.

Valerie May and Michael Roland Boucher. Petitioner’s name changed to Valerie May Tabor.


Anita Rose and Gemma Bourbon Riley.

Brandon and Kayla Anderson.

Brian and Christy Durham.

Brittany Cassandra and Matthew Brent Wiemer.

Christopher W. Mangan and Teara K. Adams.

Eli William and Katie Leigh Loomas.

Esther E. and Phillip Joseph Berrey.

Gregory Scott and Peggy Sue Hammond.

Janice Anne Rivera and Andrew James Napoleon.

Jason Richard and Alena Mae Kyllonen.

Jeffrey David and Marcee Diane Strong.

Jennifer and Elbert Cayabyab.

Jill Marie Earnhardt and James Glenn McDaniel.

Karen L. and Rocco A. Bria.

Linda Marie and Todd William Harms.

Nancy Jane and Scott Eric Craig.

Ryan and Cecilia Marie Hudon.

Scott Allen Jr. and Alexandra Cara Kiloh.

Stephen Michael and Amanda Reynolds.


Wendi and Brian Deans.

Court sentencings

The Columbian’s policy is to publish all Clark County Superior Court felony sentencings, as provided by the Clark County Clerk’s Office. DC signifies that the defendant has entered drug court. Addresses are provided by the courts and may have changed by the time of sentencing.


Bobby James Wyatt Jr., 28, Stockton, Calif., 180 days, second-degree kidnapping.

Christopher James Patterson, 27, Kelso, 20 days, forgery, possession of methamphetamine.

Conor Jay Mackenzie, 27, 1201 S.E. 329th Ave., Washougal, 30 days, possession of heroin.

Joseph Donald Watson, 21, 4201 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., 30 days, third-degree assault (domestic violence).

Joshua Grant Franklin Sr., 35, 2309 N.E. 109th Court, Vancouver, 29 months, forgery, four counts of unlawful issuance of bank checks or drafts more than $750, three counts of second-degree theft.

Mario T. Jones, 36, Gresham, Ore., 40 days, first-degree criminal impersonation.

Phillipe Mitchell Olvera, 38, Portland, 90 days, attempted possession of methamphetamine.

Robert Wilson Rector, 31, 1914 N.W. 105th St., Vancouver, 60 months, four counts of third-degree child molestation.

Tayton Monroe Young, 27, 10003 N.E. 142nd Ave., Vancouver, 34 months, two counts of first-degree possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Fall’s the best time to harvest discounts at garden centers
Author: Associated Press

Fall is the best time of year to get new trees, shrubs and perennials into the ground before cold weather sets in, and it’s often the best time to buy them, too. Garden centers traditionally mark down their off-season inventories rather than muscle them indoors for overwintering protection.

Discounted items also might include succulents and carnivorous plants, garden furniture, tools and statuary, potting soil and fertilizers. Many of the sale items are teasers, priced so low that you can’t resist pulling out your wallet even though you may have to work hard at protecting them once they make it home.

Before heading out for your bargain shopping, anticipate. Set aside several sheltered areas along retaining walls or the sides of buildings for what one veteran gardener labels “clearance stashes.”

Understand that nurturing those unplanned-for plants until spring may eat into your investment, at least in terms of late-season sweat equity. They’ll need a deep watering, holes dug for their containers or burlap-wrapped root balls, and then some fill dirt or straw layered around them for insulation.

“Containers are vulnerable to freeze damage,” said Weston Miller, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service. “Overall, I would recommend planting things right away if you buy in fall sales. Overwintering them is not worth it if you’re going with planters. Most people are not willing to deal with all that.”

Fall end-of-season sales are the biggest of the year, said Maureen Murphy, owner of Bayview Farm and Garden near Langley.

“We do progressive sales,” Murphy said. “So much is marked off one week and then more is marked off the next. People like it. It’s kind of a game for them. Will it be here next week at 30 percent off?”

Garden centers — especially those in the somewhat winter-friendly Pacific Northwest — recommend that people plant in the fall, she said. “The ground is still warm and that’s when the seasonal rains arrive. The plants spend their time until spring rooting in.”

Small, privately owned garden centers have to be quick to adapt to consumer demands, Murphy said. Her Whidbey Island grower-retailer operation is open now year-round with a gift shop and restaurant on site. It draws tourists along with gardeners, she said.

In the Service
Author: The Columbian

Nuclear Electronics Technician 1st Class Shaey Steele of Vancouver is pinned to his current rank during an awards at quarters ceremony on Sept. 12. Steele is assigned to the reactor department on the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford, which is currently underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting carrier qualifications.

Battle Ground board works to adjust upcoming holiday events
Author: The Columbian

BATTLE GROUND — Following a 2018 by survey community members, Battle Ground formed a Parks and Community Advisory Board, a seven-member volunteer group to help evaluate and develop parks, recreational programming and community events. They are Josie Calderon, board chair; Jennifer Rosenberger; Michelle Yenderrozos; Jen Hamilton; Glen Erickson; Toni Wise, and Tyrel Halme, youth representative. As fall approaches and the community continues to navigate unexpected changes with the pandemic, the board continues to look for new ways to build community connections and engagement. They have shifted their focus to the upcoming holiday season and plans for Battle Ground’s Halloween Fright Night and Holiday Tree Lighting events. “Celebrating tradition and connecting as a community is more important than ever,” said Calderon. “Our annual Halloween Fright Night and Holiday Tree Lighting events may look a bit different this year, but we will celebrate as a community — that’s what Battle Ground does.”

Tips for prepping home for a fall sale
Author: Paul F. P. Pogue, Angie’s List

The house-buying market continues to move rapidly. It’s a great time to sell your home, but for the best results, take a few steps to make sure your home is attractive and will fetch the best price. The autumn season gives way to falling leaves, crackling fires and cozy family time.

Here are six ways to prep your house for a sale in the fall.

1. Keep up with your yard

Leaves are starting to fall quickly now. Rake and bag them on a daily basis; you never know when a potential buyer will show. Clean your gutters; potential buyers will take note of leaking gutters or clogged downspouts.

Make buyers feel your house offers everything they want in a home.

2. Check your furnace

Hire an HVAC pro to check your heating unit or furnace. Would-be buyers will be taking a close look at this, and you want it to be in the best shape. A furnace making strange noises or not working perfectly is a big turnoff. A professional inspection will address all parts of the system and head off potential problems. Make sure you stay on top of filter changes, too.

3. Focus on the fireplace

Hire a certified chimney sweep who can inspect and clean your fireplace. Too much creosote can cause blockage, reduce airflow and potentially lead to chimney fires. A crisp, clear fireplace makes a great impression. You never know if there’s debris up above or bird’s nests on the exterior that will create blockage or back up smoke.

4. Create a fall first impression

You want the first impression of your house to convey a look of fall. Place a fall wreath, but take care not to overdo Halloween decorations. Use lots of pumpkins, corn and gourds in different sizes near the front door to add pops of color.

5. Appeal to all the senses

While you want the house looking its best and looking warm, festive and fall-like, the finishing touch is smell. Bake up a batch of cookies or have an uncooked pie waiting in the refrigerator. When you know someone is coming, pop it into the oven and let the lovely scent fill the house.

For a quicker result, light a cinnamon or pumpkin spice candle.

6. Don’t overlook common home staging tips

Make sure you give your house a good cleaning, preferably by a professional, before you start showings. Try to minimize excess furniture or clutter in the house. Arrange furniture so it doesn’t block windows. Make sure your closets are clean and tidy; potential buyers pay a lot of attention to closets. And make sure your windows are clean and sparkly, shrubs trimmed and flower beds weeded. The buyer’s decision-making process begins at the curb, not the front door.