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Health Center Celebrates Groundbreaking
milestone  in Vernonia’s  recovery.    “We 
are once  again  celebrating the strength, 
grit and determination of this community 
and  reveling  in  the  partnerships  we 
have  created,”  said  Johnson.    “I  have 
to  applaud  the  Board  for  hanging  in 
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her,” said Paleck.  “None of this would 
have been possible without her foresight 
and her ability to see partnerships.  We 
all owe her very much.”
According  to  Lewis,  who  is 
acting  as  spokesperson,  the  Health 
Board  had  to  re-evaluate  their  design 
and timeline due to a $100,000 funding 
shortage.   “In order to begin the project 
on  time  we  have  value  engineered  the 
project  and  will  not  finish  some  of  the 
exam  rooms,”  said  Lewis.    “We  will 
continue to fundraise to complete those 
four  rooms  as  well  as  some  various 
equipment that we delayed in purchasing.  
We  did  make  a  conscious  decision  to 
move  forward  and  have  a  functioning 
clinic  while  we    continued  to  fundraise 
as opposed to waiting and not be moved 
before the next flood season.”
Following the ceremony, another 
long  time  Board  member,  Bob  Wagner 
acknowledged  the  arduous  process 
the  Health  Board  had  been  through  to 
reach this groundbreaking milestone. “I 
Vernonia Health Board President Erika Paleck with an image of the new Health Center. remember when the Health Board didn’t 
really  have  much  to  do”  said  Wagner. 
there.    Lesser  folks  would  have  given  Rose  Avenue  Project  site.      The  Rose  “How things have changed.”  
Avenue  Project  is  expected  to  include   
The new Vernonia Health Center 
Members  of  the  Keasey  family  the Vernonia Senior Center and Vernonia  is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014.
were  in  attendance  as  the  entire  crowd  Cares Food Bank facilities in the future 
honored  and  paid  tribute  to  Carolyn  and  also  incorporates  room  for  some 
Keasey,  a  long  time  Board  member  type of retail space.
and  past  president,  who  passed  away   
One  the  largest  ovations 
in  October  of  2013.    Mrs.  Keasey  was  during  the  event  was  reserved  for 
a driving force behind the project and a  Heather  Lewis  who  was  recognized 
March 17-30, 2014
longtime advocate for accessible health  for assisting the Board throughout the 
care  for  the  Vernonia  community.    The  process of moving their facility.  Lewis 
Carolyn  Keasey  Fund  continues  to  also helped create the partnerships that 
support  the  construction  of  the  new  have  been  so  instrumental  in  keeping 
building.  Mrs. Keasey’s husband Ralph,  the Health Center operational.  “None 
• March 21, 2014 – Police
also  a  long  time  Board  member,  took  of  this  would  have  happened  without 
Responded to the 500 Block
part in the ceremonial first shovel.
of E Bridge St. regarding a
The  building  will  be 
and Trespass.
constructed by Five Star Builders, who 
Transported by ambulance to a
also  built  the  WOEC  headquarters 
medical center for evaluation.
across the street from the location of 
• March 22, 2014 – Police took
a report of stolen vehicle license
plates at the 500 block of E
Bridge St.
City Council Meetings are
whose names appear on the Small Works
• March 22, 2014 – Arrest on an
scheduled for 7 PM:
Roster may be contacted from time to
outstanding warrant.
Monday, April 7, 2014
time to submit job proposals for contracts
• March 26, 2014 – Arrest on
Monday, April 21, 2014
in the amount of $100,000 or less. The
multiple outstanding warrants.
application need only be submitted once
a year.
City Closures are scheduled for:
To receive an application please
• March 18, 2014 – Issued a
Monday, May 26, 2014 
go to our website: Click
Memorial Day
traffic citation for Driving Without
on City info and go to job opportunities to
a License.
download a fillable application. You may
• March 19, 2014 – Issued a
traffic citation for Driving Without
also contact us at financial@vernonia-or.
Dates and times subject to change
a License.
gov or 503-429-5291
Notice is hereby given that the City of
Vernonia is receiving applications to be
placed upon the Small Works Roster of
the City for construction services.
Applicants must be licensed
contractors in the State of Oregon, must
meet the general qualifications for the
project and must submit a copy of their
current license, registration, insurance and
bonding information with the application.
This information must be kept
current during the year in which you wish
to receive invitations to bid. Contractors
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the new Health Center.  It was designed 
by  Scott  Edwards  Architecture;    Joan 
Jasper is the Project Manager.  Displays 
at the event showed an artist’s conceptual 
view  of  the  exterior  of  the  building  as 
well as the layout and the layout of the 
Paleck  was  referring  in  part  to 
the  new  operational  partnerships  the 
Vernonia  Health  Board  has  created 
with  Pacific  University  and  The  Public 
Health Foundation of Columbia County. 
These partners are continuing to develop 
a  new  model  for  delivery  of  health 
care  services  in  a  rural  setting.  Pacific 
University  is  supporting  the  Health 
Center with student internships, research 
and  professional  advice.      The  Public 
Health Foundation of Columbia County 
has provided care givers and staff.   “Our 
new partners provide us an opportunity 
to deliver services in the community and 
at the same time train badly needed next 
generation  health  care  providers,”  said 
The  groundbreaking  was  a 
culmination  of  an  almost  herculean 
effort  by  the  volunteers  of  the    Health 
Board who raised over  $1 million from 
numerous  sources  in  less  than  a  year, 
allowing  them to begin construction and 
meet  a  FEMA  deadline  to  move  their 
facility  out  of  the  flood  zone.      Paleck 
thanked the various sources of funding, 
including  Providence,  Meyer  Memorial 
Trust, The Ford Family Foundation, The 
Collins  Foundation  and  The  Oregon 
Community Foundation.
Columbia County Commissioner 
Tony  Hyde  noted  during  his  remarks 
that  he  was  a  doubter  when  the  Health 
Board first unveiled their plans to move 
the Health Center to a new location.  “I 
didn’t  get  their  vision,  I  didn’t  see  it,” 
said Hyde. “It wasn’t about the building-
it  was  never  about  the  building.    It 
was  about  the  compelling  need  of  this 
community with regards to health care, 
now  and  into  the  future.    This  is  an 
opportunity to take our hats off to those 
who never lost sight of that need.”  
State  Senator  Betsy  Johnson 
was  enthusiastic  in  her  support  for 
the  project,  saying  it  is  just  one  more 
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