Battle Ground — The Maple Grove Elementary School community is mourning Miss Murphy, the beloved golden retriever therapy dog who died last week after an "undetermined illness," according to a statement from the school.
Grassroots generosity in Southwest Washington went digital in a big way this week, with individual donors at every level clicking their way to a grand total of $421,994.69 in gifts to local nonprofit and charitable agencies.
The following are local land-use proposals. The county or city may rate them in three categories: nonsignificant, no environmental impact study needed; nonsignificant, provided proponents meet certain conditions; and significant, requiring an environmental impact study.
Woodland — The Promise Church has seen a change of leadership this year. Scott and Lori Schang, senior pastors for 25-plus years, have stepped down and the new leadership team is Jonathan and Malisa Christopherson, Casey (Scott and Lori's son) and Ashley Schang, Chris and Chelsea Donald, and Aaron and Tasha Christopherson.
Clark County — Three local Lutheran churches spent the first weekend of September giving back to the community, joining hundreds of other Evangelical Lutheran Church in American congregations who volunteered their services in early September. Over the weekend, Vancouver's St. Andrew and St. Paul Lutheran churches, and Zion Lutheran Church of Camas took part in service days. St. Andrew Lutheran members visited Orchards Elementary School to paint a large U.S. map in the playground and also pick up trash and trim brush. St. Paul Lutheran members put together food packets to give to the homeless, made bracelets for Good Deeds for Beads and sang at a local retirement home. And in Camas, Zion Lutheran members picked up litter along the streets near their church.
North Garrison Heights — PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center unveiled a new addition to its Family Birth Center and Holtzman Twins Neonatal Intensive Care Unit this month. The newly dedicated outdoor portico, a covered entryway, is meant to keep babies covered as they venture outdoors for the first time. The project was funded with donations of philanthropists David and Patricia Nierenberg and other hospital supporters.
Vancouver — Vancouver and the Neighborhood Traffic Safety Alliance are offering yard signs for residents to help remind speeding drivers about their actions. Recognized neighborhood associations are allotted up to eight signs to place on private property. Sign slogans include: "Check Your Speed," "It's Your Neighborhood, Drive 25," "Slow Down, Watch for Children," and "What's Your Hurry?" Request signs at www.cityofvancouver.us/publicworks/page/neighborhood-traffic-calming-program.