Thursday, July 2, 2015

Fireworks, Burn Bans and Drought...it's hot and dry in July!

If you aren't sure or don't know yet, here's the latest!

Fireworks
Legal to set off this year ONLY at these dates/times, USE EXTREME CAUTION!.  Here's your direct source to all fireworks information pertains to our neighborhood: http://www.clark.wa.gov/development/fire/fireworks.html

Burn Ban
Effective June 23, 2015 in Clark County: outdoor burn ban

Strengthening the statewide burn ban on June 26, 2015, this Proclamation from Gov. Inslee was put into place.  This supersedes the June 22nd burn ban by the Department of Natural Resources.

Drought
Gov. Inslee declared a drought for some Washington regions.  In March, he expanded the drought to include more counties in the state, including Clark County in April.  Effective in May, a statewide drought emergency was declared.  For more about drought conditions, see the Drought 2015 from the Washington State Department of Ecology.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Garbage day pick up reminders & Recycling info...there's an app for that!

"The RecycleRight App is free, fast and extremely functional, designed to make everyday life a little easier.
Check your garbage and recycling service schedule, sign up for reminders and even upload your schedule to your iCal, Google or Microsoft Outlook calendar. The app will even give you handy reminders in advance so you need never miss a collection day again.

Best of all, the RecycleRight App features a handy Recycling A-Z search tool. Just enter the name of the item you no longer need and hit ‘Find item’ to get answers to a variety of options for reusing and recycling, including locations and contact information.  If the item needs special handling, such as a household hazardous waste, the application will tell you how to properly dispose of it, keeping you and the environment safe. Simply click on a drop-off site, and you will see the address and phone number, along with a map at the bottom of the screen.

Ready to get the app? Here’s how to do it:
- Visit the Apple iTunes App Store, for iPhones or iPads, or visit Google Play for android devices.
- Search for RecycleRight.  Hint: The app image is the familiar Big Blue Recycling Cart.
- Click and install the Recycle Right App, created for the City of Vancouver, Clark County and Waste Connections by Recollect Systems.  (Please note: If you’re visiting the Apple App Store, you may need to enter your iTunes Apple password, depending upon how you have configured your settings. Be sure to search for the iPhone app, not an iPad Only app.)
- Once the app has been downloaded to your smart phone or tablet, open it up and enter your address. The app will provide you with your next garbage and recycling collection days. By clicking on garbage or on recycling, you can get more information and access to the handy Recycling A-Z wizard.

Don’t have a smartphone or tablet? If you have a computer and Internet access, you can still use these handy tools for garbage and recycling. The calendar and A-Z Recycling wizards will be available on the City of Vancouver Solid Waste webpage; Waste Connections of Washington website under Collection Schedules and Reminders; and Clark County’s website, as well as through other cities throughout Clark County."

*Source: City of Vancouver

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Talking with kids about marijuana

"Resources, suggestions planned for talking with children about pot use"

Tomorrow night, The Prevent! Coalition will be hosting a free, educational seminar for the community-specifically parents, grandparents and caregivers for tools and resources for talking with kids about marijuana. 

See this article for more. The live discussion will be on TV at CVTV Channel 21.

*Source: The Columbian

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

No School Tomorrow, Teacher Walk Out Day

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 will be a no school day for the Evergreen Public Schools.  Due to this cancellation, the last day of school has been extended a day to June 17th.  Evergreen Public Schools has notified all it's families with this letter. Copies of the letter are also available in Spanish and Russian.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Mother's Day Weekend Plant Sale

Master Gardener Plant Sale, proceeds go to help support food and garden growing education programs right here in Clark County.  Bring your own carts or wagon and check it out; will be at the 78th Street Heritage Farm on Saturday, May 9th from 9am-4pm and Sunday from 10am-3pm.

Monday, April 27, 2015

The most common type of property vandalism- Graffiti

"Graffiti hurts communities.  It's your neighborhood, get involved!"  Click here for more about Graffiti Abatement.

Did you know?  Sifton Neighborhood Association has an Adopt-A-Highway contract with the State of Washington to help with the removal of graffiti along SR-500 (Padden Parkway)? 

We have been provided the training and tools to do so, but it takes the work of volunteers to make it happen.  It takes less time than you think, we try to keep our clean ups (park, road, highway) as close to an hour or less.  As the saying goes, "many hands make light work".

If you'd like to help clean up graffiti on the sound wall along the Padden Parkway Trail and/or remove litter, contact us!

For graffiti on private property, we encourage owners to report it then remove it ASAP.  It helps law enforcement tremendously if pictures of the graffiti are submitted with the report.  You can even file a crime report online.

*Source:  Clark County Sheriff's Office