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Clark County news briefs

By Dave Kern
Published: November 6, 2009, 12:00am


Another at-risk group

eligible for H1N1 shots

Clark County Public Health has expanded its H1N1 swine flu vaccinations to people 6 months old through 64 who have chronic medical conditions such as heart, lung and kidney disease, as well as others that put them at risk of complications from H1N1 influenza.

The public health agency will continue to provide H1N1 vaccine to other priority groups: pregnant women, health care workers, children 6 months through age 19 in group settings, and parents and caregivers of children younger than 6 months.

The public health H1N1 vaccine clinic is open from 5 to 8 p.m. today and Friday at 6100 E. Fourth Plain Blvd.

As vaccine production increases over the coming weeks, health officials say they expect enough vaccine will eventually be available for everyone. For more information, visit www.FluNewsSWWashington.org or call 1-877-510-2772.


Thanksgiving food box donations needed

Share is looking for donations to help fill 300 Thanksgiving food boxes, each of which will hold a complete holiday meal for families in Southwest Washington. Supplemental food packs also will be provided to the 650 children participating in Share’s Backpack Program.

Donations of cash and gift cards to local grocery stores are needed to purchase turkeys and other perishable food items. Donations of non-perishable food items, such as pre-packaged stuffing mixes, instant mashed potatoes or canned vegetables, can be delivered to Share Volunteer Center, 1708 Main Street. Food donations should be received by Nov. 19.

Food boxes are filled with: turkey (18 to 22 pounds), instant mashed potatoes or 5 pound bag of potatoes, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes/canned yams, box of stuffing, gravy mix/canned gravy, marshmallows, green beans/canned vegetable, rolls, disposable roasting pan, dried onions, cream soup and pie of any kind. The supplemental food packs will include the above items minus the turkey.


Meeting to focus on county health history

The history of health care in Clark County since 1825 will be featured Saturday at the Camas-Washougal Historical Society’s quarterly meeting.

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The event is at 2 p.m. at the Camas Police community room, 2100 N.E. Third Ave.

“Clark County Health History, from 1825 Fort Vancouver Physicians to 21st Century Diet and Exercise” will include research and photos from Clark County medical institutes, museums and libraries.

Topics include the four St. Joseph hospitals in Vancouver and the history of local providers and pharmacies. Members are encouraged to invite any retired medical professionals willing to reminisce about past eras of health care. People with medical artifacts, recipes for home remedies, and photos or stories of old-time doctors are encouraged to share them.

Call 360-513-0188 for information.

La Center

Commission won’t take action against Birdwell

The Washington state Public Disclosure Commission will not take enforcement action against La Center City Councilman Bill Birdwell Jr. for using a city-issued e-mail address in the county voter’s pamphlet.

Birdwell’s opponent in Tuesday’s election, Ron Ostrander, filed the PDC complaint in late October. Birdwell defeated Ostrander to retain his council position.

While use of public facilities for campaign purposes is a violation of state law, the PDC believed Birdwell’s use of a city e-mail address was not intentional, PDC Assistant Director Doug Ellis said.

“We sent out notice saying we weren’t going to take any action but warned (Birdwell) that it’s inappropriate to be using addresses of government offices for any election-type advertising or election-type voter’s pamphlet,” Ellis said.

Birdwell said he wasn’t aware he couldn’t use his city-issued e-mail address. Once notified by a county elections worker, he asked that the e-mail address be removed, but the city address still made it into the voter’s pamphlet.