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Third-grader’s design wins ChicoBag contest

by: COURTESY OF CHICOBAG - St. Agatha School third-grader Theo Pashley shows off a reusable bag with his ghoulish bat drawing (xxxxxxxxx below) that earned him first place in the national ChicoBags Halloween bag design contest.by: COURTESY OF CHICOBAG - Reusable bag with ghoulish bat drawing Southeast Portland third-grader Theo Pashley’s ghoulish bat drawing and his name can be seen all around the world on ChicoBag’s newest reusuable Halloween bag.

Pashley was the first-place winner in ChicoBag’s national Halloween Bag Design Contest last November.

St. Agatha School in Sellwood, which Pashley attends, had planned to sell his bag along with other styles to raise money for its art program. But Pashley’s design was so well liked that it sold out on the ChicoBag website in mid-September.

“This is super cool,” says 8-year-old Pashley. “I love to draw. Winning this contest made me feel special.”

Pashley’s family lives in the Reed College neighborhood. His design was chosen from about 200 submitted by children across the country. He received more “likes” for his reusable bag design on Facebook than any other contest finalist.

In addition to getting his design on the bag, Pashley won $250 in cash and a reusable

ChicoBag filled with eco-friendly goodies from contest sponsors. St. Agatha Catholic School won $250 in ChicoBag merchandise.

ChicoBag makes reusable bag for regional stores such as Whole Foods, New Seasons Markets and REI.

PCC joins national VA’s VetSuccess program

Portland Community College is one of 94 colleges and universities across the nation chosen to take part in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ VetSuccess on Campus Program.

The four-year-old VSOC Program serves as the on-campus face of the VA. Counselors in the program help ease veterans’ transition to student life and assist them in educational and career goals through the VA’s Post-9/11 GI Bill and other education benefit programs.

PCC has more than 1,400 military vets on its campuses. It was chosen for the program because of the services it has created for student veterans, the size of its student veteran population, and its proximity to a number of veteran resources throughout the Portland area.

One of the college’s cornerstones in serving military vets is the Rock Creek Campus Veterans Resource Center. There are plans to create full-service Veterans Resource Centers like the one at Rock Creek across PCC, thanks to the college’s bond program.

Fire & Rescue hosts Fire Safety festivals

Portland Fire & Rescue will host two free community Fire Safety Festivals in Portland neighborhoods during Fire Prevention Week.

The first festival takes place from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at Alberta Park, next to Portland Fire Station 14 (1905 N.E. Killingsworth St.). The second festival is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, next to Portland Fire Station 11, 5707 S.E. 92nd Ave.

The festivals give neighbors a chance to meet firefighters, check out fire apparatus, tour the stations and participate in safety stations, including a 911 simulator that lets participants call in an emergency to test what they’d do under pressure, and kitchen fire demonstrations.

North Portland author signs ‘Tales’ book

North Portland writer Jim Speirs will sign copies of his sixth “Tales of North Portland” book at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Mock Crest Tavern, 3435 N. Lombard St.

Speirs is a writer for the St. Johns Review newspaper. A couple of his news stories were challenged last year at a local library, when patrons asked that copies of the newspaper be removed because of his columns. The library rejected the requests.

Law professor discusses nation’s use of drones

University of Notre Dame law professor Mary Ellen O’Connell will discuss the use of drones by the U.S. military and intelligence services during the annual Hesburgh Lecture at 7 p.m. Oct. 28, at the University of Portland.

O’Connell is a research professor of International Dispute Resolution at the Notre Dame Kroc Institute. She also is the Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law, a position she has held since 2005. O’Connell’s research focuses on international legal theory and international law on the use of force. She has written and edited numerous books and articles, most recently “What is War? An Investigation in the Wake of 9/11.”

Her lecture, “Deadly Drones,” is at the Buckley Center Auditorium, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Portlanders honored with adoption award

Gary and Lana Stachlowski of Portland have received the 2013 Angels in Adoption award from The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.

The Stachlowskis are board members of the Gift of Adoption, a national charitable organization providing financial assistance to complete domestic and international adoptions.

They received the honor at the Oct. 9 Angels in Adoption Gala in Washington, D.C. Other recipients of this year’s award were Deborra-lee Furness Jackman, wife of actor Hugh Jackman, and Willie and Korie Robertson from the reality television show “Duck Dynasty.”

In 2003, the Stachlowskis became founding members of the Columbia River chapter of the Gift of Adoption. Their work helped the chapter receive more than $248,000 in funding to unite 85 children with families in the Pacific Northwest.

Zoo Foundation gives conservation grants

The Oregon Zoo Foundation has awarded $25,000 to nine regional conservation efforts through its Future for Wildlife grant program.

The program helps protect threatened and endangered species and their ecosystems.

Grants were awarded to:

• Cascadia Wild: $1,086 to support rare Washington carnivores such as the red fox, wolverine, Canada lynx and wolf

• Coastal Raptors: $3,192 to assess contaminant levels in avian scavengers (turkey vultures, bald eagles, ravens, etc.) feeding on carcasses along the Oregon and Washington coasts

• Oregon Native Turtle Working Group: $2,830 to survey native turtle and amphibian populations in the Portland area

• Portland State University: $2,100 to investigate differences in microhabitat use between endangered Oregon spotted frogs and invasive American bullfrogs

• PSU and Pacific University environmental science programs: $4,000 to assess contaminant levels in stranded Steller sea lions and harbor seals

• U.S. Geological Survey: $4,000 to help determine the status of pikas — a mammal especially sensitive to climate change — in the Columbia River Gorge

• Ventana Wildlife Society: $1,086 to monitor condors’ lead exposure in Central California

• Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife: $3,500 to help re-establish Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit populations in their historic range. The agency also received $3,206 to verify species and determine population of origin in egg masses presumed to belong to Oregon spotted frogs.

“Future for Wildlife projects are at the heart of the zoo’s conservation efforts, and donors have played a crucial role throughout this program’s history,” said Jani Iverson, Oregon Zoo Foundation director. “With more species and habitats being threatened each year, the need for funding is greater than ever.”