Thursday, July 25, 2013

Free Computer Education Resources at Empower Up

Free computer classes and resources to the public offered by Empower Up, Clark County's computer education and reuse non-profit organization.  Located at 5000 E. Fourth Plain Blvd. Suite E-101, Vancouver.  Offered are: Intro to the Internet, Online Resume using Linked-In, One-on-One Mentoring, Free internet access, as well as free PC and Mac clinics. For information, click here.


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Summer Reading for Kids and Teens

With summer break at a mid-point, it's not too late for children ages 0-11 to participate in the free Kids Summer Reading at our library. "We provide the Summer Reading Program each year in an effort to keep children from falling behind in their reading abilities during the summer break from school. Studies suggest that summer reading is an effective way to prevent summer learning loss. In addition, we want your family to have fun and enjoy the library!"  The Library also offers the free Teen Summer Reading for ages 12-19.  Source: FVRL webpage 

Friday, July 19, 2013

Yard Waste

Rates for yard waste collection services are changing soon. Your bill is going down. Say what?! As of August 1st, your bill for yard waste collection with Waste Connections in the unincorporated area of Clark County, Battle Ground,  La Center and Yacolt will be reduced about sixteen percent. Don Benton, Environmental Services Director says "county residents will continue to get great service at a lower cost,”.  For more information about this change, see the press release here.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Boater Education

"State law requires boat operators to carry a Washington State Boater Education card when operating motorboats with 15 horsepower or greater (including personal watercraft or any motorized watercraft)." Source: WA State Parks webpage

How to get your card:
  • Clark County Sheriff's Office-Marine Patrol, in conjunction with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and the US Power Squadrons offer a boater education class every month on the fourth Saturday (except Nov & Dec).  The class is from 8:30am-5pm.  Cost is $10, materials provided.  To register or get more information: call Deputy Todd Baker at 360-397-2106 or e-mail or call Gay Sipes at 360-256-2991. Mention you're in the Sifton Neighborhood. Why? It shows that we're helping our neighbors be safe on the water!   During the summer months (June, July and August), we're offering cold beverages in the afternoon for those in class.  It's just our way of saying thank you!
  • To learn more about the requirement or how to get the card with an online course, visit .

For more information about your local US Coast Guard Auxiliary, visit .

Visit for the United States Power Squadrons.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Know Your Location

In case of emergency, please be aware of your address no matter where you are.  When using a cell phone to call for help, having the right information and location is important.  "Residents of Clark County will begin seeing a short video Public Service Announcement "popping" up throughout our area which will ask the community if they "know their location" which is available at: CRESA blog post July 10, 2013.  For more information, please visit CRESA's blog at