Camas, WA, —On Sunday, April 28th from 1-4pm, Downtown Camas will have a “spring cleaning” with weeding, litter pick up and flower planting. The Downtown Camas Association (DCA) invites community members to come share in this annual grass roots effort. Journey Community Church in downtown invites the volunteers to come early at 12:30pm for a grilled burger and hot dog lunch served by Journey volunteers.
In honor of Earth Day, which was started by Camas native Denis Hayes, the Downtown Camas Association, volunteers, local students, Journey Church, City of Camas staff, and other community members will be helping with:
• Sidewalk and landscape bed clean-up
• Planting flowers and plants
• Bark dust spreading
Volunteers meet in front of Journey at 4th & Birch (304 NE 4th) to sign in. Journey will be serving lunch to volunteers starting at 12:30pm. All ages welcome to volunteer. Bring your own shovels, spades, buckets, wheelbarrows and garden gloves. Wheelbarrows are especially needed. Garbage bags and rubber gloves are provided for litter pick up.
“We love to see the transformation of our town within just a few hours,” says Carrie Schulstad, DCA Executive Director. “Everyone comes together in a grass roots way, has fun and gets to see what a difference they make in the aesthetic and charm of our downtown. All ages can participate. Thank you to the City of Camas for all your help, to Journey Church for providing lunch and to all the wonderful volunteers that come rain or shine to beautify the town we love.”
The downtown improvements are done just in time to make downtown shine for the Annual Camas Plant & Garden Fair in Downtown Camas on Saturday, May 11th.
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At the Camas City Council workshop meeting Monday night, the council unanimously gave direction to city staff to prepare a general obligation bond this November to fund the construction of a new aquatics center.
The news is a major breakthrough in the years-long battle to build a new aquatics center to accommodate the growing demands of all competitive and recreational swimmers, as well as address learn-to-swim and health-related programs.
“We gave staff direction to look at the Buhman property, which is adjacent to Fallen Leaf Lake, across from Heritage Park,” said Camas Mayor, Shannon Turk. “The land, which is just over six acres, is already owned by the City of Camas, and Camas residents have made it very clear they want a new pool. I feel this is a positive step forward.”
Monday’s motion gives staff direction to prepare a general obligation bond that will be presented to voters on the November ballot. The general obligation bond would fund the construction of the new aquatics center.
“Council will look at other sites in Camas, as well, and to look at getting a general obligation bond, which is putting a vote to the people on whether they would be willing to pay for a new pool,” said Turk.
Over the past several months, Camas has been meeting with Washougal to build a community center that has a pool, and Turk said it was time to change the direction.
“Although we’re not saying no to a partnership with Washougal, we feel it’s in our best interest to go forward without them,” said Turk. “The meetings with Washougal weren’t moving this forward.”
City Council member, Melissa Smith, agreed.
“The bond amount hasn’t been determined, and this directs staff to look at property and put in a phased approach,” said Smith. “Timing is in November, and we would have to know the bond amount by August 6.”
Smith added there is potential to buy surrounding parcels, but that’s very preliminary.
“We could accommodate the needs for a 50,000 square foot pool facility,” said Smith. “If we went further and wanted to add more, there would be potential for that.”
Turk said this general obligation bond would be offset by the retiring of the Camas Public Library general obligation bond, which happens in 2019. “This bond would be offsetting,” she said.
Smith said the city staff will also exhaust every possible site, and that preparing this for the November ballot is a super tight timeframe, but doable.
“We have to take advantage of the momentum,” said City Council member, Don Chaney. “Shannon embraces this. We have a chance to do it. If the people say no, they say no. The challenge will be to make the timeline. The community will see that we heard them.”
The city has made numerous failed attempts to build a new aquatics center over the years, but Turk is determined.
“We’re not going to fail anymore,” said Turk.
Chaney said this location is optimum.
“People talk about location,” said Chaney. “I have a different view, it has to be a destination. It’s like Crown Park, and a competitive pool will bring money to downtown. This plan has full council support. We are re-engineering the intersection there, and that will be a big improvement. It was a great meeting today. Everyone should be happy with that meeting.”
Camas has been feeling the effects of losing access to aquatic centers over the past two years. First, the Crown Park Pool was closed, and then Camas High School swim teams were no longer allowed to use the Lacamas Athletic Club’s pool.
“It’s been a real challenge,” said Dave Peddie, a part of the 2018 State Champion Camas High School Boys Swim team. “Losing our home pool hurt us.”
Local residents have also been dismayed at losing the Crown Park Pool, feeling like their children are missing out on great summertime experiences, as well as the loss of valuable swimming lessons.
“This is great news,” said Darlene Lumbard, Head Coach of Columbia River Swim Team. “This is a chance to build a pool for everyone. We can all come together with a good design to reach all the things our community needs. A center encompasses all kinds of things with a competitive pool. Building the right aquatics center will have everything from competitive to therapeutic. It should have all the necessary programming.
“A well-run aquatics center has a private team, a high school team, recreation, learn to swim, scuba, kayak training, water therapy, silver sneakers. I would prefer a deep end because you can do so much more with a deep end. You can do synchro, diving, and water polo. This is a great opportunity to build the right pool. There’s no diving in the community, and there are a lot of gymnasts here. The deep end should go into a five foot, and then maybe with an L to it, where you have your learn-to-swim pool. You can put in your therapeutic work there, as well. This is so exciting!”
The next article will look at aquatics center design options and what they can do for a community.
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Washougal, WA — Dr. Mary Templeton, Washougal School District (WSD) Superintendent, was recently selected a 2018-19 “Superintendent to Watch” by the National Schools Public Relations Association. She will be recognized this summer at the 2019 NSPRA Seminar in Washington D.C. with the 14 other honorees from around the nation.
The award recognizes district leaders with less than five years of experience as a superintendent who exemplify dynamic, fast-paced leadership with strong communication at its core. Templeton was hired in Washougal in July of 2018 and is a first-time superintendent. She previously worked as a teacher for 15 years and an administrator in Spokane for the last 11.
“Communication is critical for letting our stakeholders know about the great things that are happening in our schools,” said Templeton. “It is exciting to help Washougal rise to become one of the top performers in the state of Washington.”
“I couldn’t be more pleased with the transformational leadership, community engagement, and relationship building Mary is engaged in,” said Cory Chase, WSD Board President, in a letter of recommendation sent in support of Templeton’s nomination. “She has demonstrated dynamic leadership, fast-paced decision making, and shown the value of strong communications in the district’s efforts. I’m proud of our district and am certain that Mary is on the right track to help us achieve great things.”
In his letter he went on to site examples of Templeton’s efforts including her connections with civic groups, parents and staff, her work to lead development of a new strategic plan, and her communications efforts during and at the conclusion of bargaining with the local teacher union.
“As one of several new superintendents in the region this year, Mary quickly became a highly respected leader among her peers,” said Tim Merlino, Superintendent Educational Service District 112 in his letter of recommendation. “Her knowledge and passion for education, coupled with a dynamic energy and warmth, has made her one of the ‘go-to’ superintendents in Southwest Washington.”
He went on to point out that Templeton’s style of “leading through listening” is a quality greatly admired by the more than 400 WSD employees she guides.
“Mary effectively utilizes all communication strategies, both new technologies and traditional vehicles, to reach her audiences,” he said. “While her involvement in big-picture state-level education issues is admirable, she also takes time to visit one-on-one with a variety of stakeholders. She has made it her number one priority to get to know staff, parents and community members through conversations and in informal settings. She is always present in schools, hallways, classrooms, and athletic and performing arts events.”
“Our future is bright in Washougal,” said Templeton. “And with a continued focus on communication, we will make sure the community is involved with us as we exceed our own expectations and aspire toward excellence.”
CAMAS, WA — A 19-year-old Vancouver man died in a motorcycle accident on Friday night, according to Camas police.
The Camas police and Camas-Washougal Fire Department responded to the 700 block of NW Lake Road shortly after 7:30 p.m., and the victim was found dead at the scene. There were no other vehicles involved in the crash, which is under investigation.
Speed appears to be a factor in the motorcycle accident, police said, and the name of the man is being withheld until family has been notified.
Northwest Lake Rd. between Lacamas Lane and Lacamas Drive was closed due to the investigation.
This story will be updated as more information is released.
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Welcome to our Shopper’s Guide! For the cover, we feature a Barrel-Art Bottle Holder from The Artful Attic.
Display your favorite bottle or the next one to open for your guest. Made from wine barrel hoops and reclaimed wood. Available in natural, dark walnut or red mahogany stain. Base Approx: L12″ x W 5″. $52.
The Artful Attic Boutique has an abundance of local artwork, home décor, custom laser engravings, candles, skincare, greeting cards and so much more to help you find the perfect gift.
Arktana is having a Facebook Live Styling Event on March 26, 2019 from 8 pm – 9:30 pm. The team at Arktana will be Introducing their new clothing line and want to show you all the ways you can mix and match each piece! They will be pairing each outfit with their fantastic shoes.
Try on this fantastic jacket by Anorak, and see all of their new Spring arrivals! Lily has been serving customers in Downtown Camas for more than 15 years.
Visit today at 237 NE 4th Avenue, Camas, WA 98607. 360-834-9215,
Attic Gallery is having a 20% off sale during their remodel. Go see the beauty of “Kitchen Thief” by Terri Axness, and many other wonderful, original pieces of art.
Visit today at 421 NE Cedar Street, Camas, WA 98607. Phone: 360-833-9747, or visit online at www.atticgallery.com
Marquita Call, of Camas Gallery, welcomes you to see the work by Tim Johnson, and so many local artists. Johnson specializes in artwork depicting local Camas scenes, and gives profits from his artwork to charity.
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Washougal, WA – The Two Rivers Heritage Museum reopened their doors March 1 to welcome visitors after their annual four-month closure for maintenance and display enhancements.
“Winter is always a busy time for us,” said Camas-Washougal Historical Society President, Jim Cobb. “Even though the museum is closed for guests, we have a lot cleaning, repairing and reorganizing to do to keep it looking good and our exhibits fresh.”
In addition to new displays, a more modern security system was installed and additional space in the basement was organized for accessioning and curator work.
One of the new exhibits is called “OH, Teddy!” and as might be expected, features Teddy bears.
“While inventorying we found that we have lots and lots of dolls and Teddy bears,” said Karen Johnson, accessions volunteer and Oh Teddy curator.
Most of the collection came from the estate of Barbara Heriford, a local collector who had visions of opening a doll shop before she passed away.
“We decided it would be fun to replace the old toy exhibit and bring out these bears that had been packed away for so many years,” said Johnson. “All we had was a list, so we went to work locating them all. It was a matter of pawing through boxes to find what we had. It was actually pretty fun. You’d open a box and say, ’Oh, look what I found!’ Each box you opened it was like ‘oh look, oh look, oh look!’ The bears are all so different and cute.”
The process then took more than a month to decide which bears to display and figure out how best to show them. “We have so many bears we could not just line them up in a row,” said Johnson. “I did research online to see how other Teddy bear exhibits were set up. I saw an exhibit from Japan which is the inspiration for the tight packed bears in the glass case we have now.”
Since the bears were mostly from a collection, there was not a lot of story behind each of them. So, Johnson decided to tell the story of the how stuffed toy bears became known as Teddy Bears.
“It is quite an interesting story,” Johnson teased. “It all started with a bear hunting trip President Theodore Roosevelt took in 1902. That is all I’ll say. I’d like to invite visitors to come in to learn the rest!”
To help explain the Teddy bear story, Sunni Lambert, a 4th grade student at Cape Horn-Skye Elementary, was recorded telling its history so it could be played back for guests at a push of a button. “Sunni did a great job and her recorded sweet voice telling this story helps to bring the exhibit to life,” Johnson said.
Another new display “Toys That Teach,” is a thoughtful and fun look at toys through the past that educated through play. “It is an interesting display and we think it will engage conversation,” Johnson said. Retired contractor and teacher, Walt Eby, curated the exhibit.
“Window to Our Past” is also new this year. Curated and created by Ivar Godtilbsen, the museum’s new computer network and support administrator features old pictures and QR codes. “It’s a new way of engaging our visitors,” explained Johnson. “They can use their smart phones with a QR code App to learn intriguing stories behind some interesting pictures from our photo collection.”
The Two Rivers Heritage Museum is located at 1 Durgan Street in Washougal and open March through October. Regular hours are Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission costs are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2 for students and free for children under 5 and all CWHS members. Group tours are available any day of the week (by appointment only). Call 360-835-8742 for scheduling.
Once again, to celebrate spring break, students may visit the museum for free April 4-6. They must be accompanied by an adult.
CWHS representatives will be at the April First Friday, on April 5, in downtown Camas in the lobby of Journey Church. They will have interesting local artifacts and information about the work progressing on the Gathering Place at Washuxwal project.
“Our community has so much to be proud of in this museum,” Cobb said. “We hope local folks who have not had a chance to see the museum will stop in and look around at all we have to offer.”
CWHS is always looking for volunteers and new members to join and help support the preservation of local history. More information about the CWHS and the Two Rivers Heritage Museum can be found on their website at www.2rhm.com.
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Washougal, WA — The 11th Annual Dream Big “Stuff The Scholarship” event is coming up this Saturday, March 23 from 5:30 pm-10 pm at The Black Pearl Columbia River.
The annual event raises scholarship funds for Camas and Washougal High School seniors, and is organized by the Camas Washougal Business Alliance, which also coordinates Stuff The Bus.
“Our goal is to make as much money as possible, and we’re hoping to net $20,000 on Saturday,” said Tabitha Shaffer, one of the event’s organizers. “We give 100 percent of net proceeds to raise scholarship money.”
Audiences will be treated to a buffet dinner, drinks, and spirits, and will be entertained by Ambient Aerial performances by members of Halycon Shows. Kyle Eakins will serve as Emcee.
“They do aerial acrobatic performances in a 30-minute show,” said Shaffer. “The audience will love it!”
“We encourage the seniors to apply, and to know the scholarship awards aren’t based solely off grades,” said Shaffer. “There isn’t a minimum GPA, but we’re looking for kids who are committed to community service. We want to see people give back to the community.”
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Spokane, WA — School sports do not officially begin until the seventh grade, but that doesn’t keep young athletes down. This is especially true for the team of sixth grade girls in the Camas Junior’s Basketball program, who just won their second state championship in a row.
The program, which only recently opened up to fourth graders, allows athletes not old enough for official school sports to get in the practice and preparation they need to develop their skills. At the end of each season, all the qualifying teams travel to Spokane for the final tournament and the final, crowning win. It would be an outstanding achievement to be declared champions; it’s even more incredible to get the title two years in a row.
To get to the championship involved a long season of games and tournaments, and throughout it all the original goal was the same.
“I think the goal throughout the year is just to continue and get better and love basketball,” said coach Scott Thompson. “We want kids to love basketball . . . we’re trying to balance the, ‘Hey, we’re just trying to get better, every single day we’re trying to get better as a team and get better as individuals, and we’re trying to have fun playing basketball.’ But then when you get to the state tournament, it’s like, ‘Well now we want to win. Forget all that stuff, we’re just trying to win.’”
The first day of the tournament they played two games. In the first, Camas won against Skyline 34-32, which took them to the second game. There they beat Rogers 37-9. During the next day’s game against Mabton, the girls opened strong and Thompson realized the possibility of a second win.
“Within the first few minutes of the game it was like, we’re going back to the championship. This is our game. And so that was when I felt like, ‘Here we come again.’”
They won against Mabton 39-27.
After that they only had an hour to recover before a battle for the championship, and it was a battle. They played against Lake Washington in a back-and-forth game of unfamiliar defenses and ties. Finally, a free throw from Camas in the final minutes secured the win. They beat Lake Washington 36-33. Not bad for a team still tired from the last three games.
“I’m getting ready to do the talk after the game,” Thompson remembered from the brief break after the third game. “And they’re literally falling down they’re so tired. We kind of talked about how there’s 13 teams that have been eliminated, and all thirteen of them would love to be as tired as you are right now and get to play in the state championship, so you’re going to have to suck it up.”
The girls did, and they rose to the occasion.
The basketball season may be at a close, but the team isn’t ready for a break. Most of the girls are going into spring sports, and will be seen either on the softball field, running track or playing volleyball. Although this is the last year this particular team will be playing in the Junior’s league, it won’t be their last year in basketball.
“Camas is usually really good in middle school basketball,” Thompson said. “But this team is going to be really good. Like, really good. So it’ll be fun to watch them.”
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Washougal, WA — Art can tell a story. It can inspire, move or add beauty and interest to a place. The new metal sculpture panels installed on the wall of the shared courtyard at Jemtegaard Middle School and Columbia River Gorge Elementary School provide all of that and more. The piece features beautiful and whimsical details cut as silhouettes into three stainless steel panels to tell stories of the Washougal area and Columbia River Gorge.
“Roots and Wings” was created by New York artist and a native of France, Béatrice Coron, through grant funding from the Washington Arts Commission. “Whenever Washington State funds new construction, by law, half-of-one-percent of funding is set aside for the commissioning of new artwork,” said Marissa Laubscher, Washington State Arts Commission Art in Public Places Project Manager. “Washougal School District applied to ArtsWA for the funded art project through a competitive pooling process. They were awarded a $60,000 project. This budget covered all of the costs associated with the artist selection, design, engineering, fabrication, transportation, and installation of the artwork.”
Coron was on-hand to oversee the installation on March 12 and then spoke to students from both schools in assemblies the next morning. Using a Powerpoint presentation, she described her creative process and the inspiration behind her work on this piece.
First, she explained the name, “Roots and Wings.”
“You are so lucky to have your roots in such a beautiful place to enjoy, experience and explore,” said Coron. “And your education at school is what will give you wings. They will take you wherever you want to go.”
“When I was awarded this work, the first thing I did was research,” she explained. “I visited and spent two days looking around the area for ideas and inspiration. They were beautiful, warm, blue-sky days. I took many pictures of all the sites and was amazed by the natural beauty here.”
She told of traveling to area vistas to experience the incredible views of mountains and the river.
“I climbed Beacon Rock,” she said. “I looked at your trees and animal life and saw all the outdoor activities you enjoy such as camping, skiing, fishing, motocross, horseback riding and hiking. I visited the petroglyphs tunnel downtown and learned about local history including Native Americans, Lewis and Clark, steam boats and farming. There are so many stories tell.”
Coron created sketches from her photos and the stories began to emerge, and she challenged students to take the time to study each unique panel.
“Find stories so you can tell others what you see,” she said. “And be sure to ask them what stories they see.” She was sure to include images of both huskies and otters, the schools’ mascots. You must look closely to find the sasquatch and a Corgi.
The piece also features several silhouetted images of young people curled up reading books.
“It is like you begin as a worm and then a cocoon,” she said. “From this reading and education, you will get your wings.”
Mounted just outside the main panels, as if escaping, are children with butterfly wings.
“Your wings will take you far,” promised Coron.
“Beatrice has captured the spirit of Washougal,” said David Cooke, JMS principal. “When you look at her work you experience the story of how the local community, resources and natural beauty play a significant role in the positive development of our kids.”
“Washougal School District’s local art selection committee worked with ArtsWA to set the initial goals for this project, selected the artist, and worked with her to provide feedback and context as she designed this artwork,” said Laubscher. “They were looking for artwork that would represent the natural beauty of Washougal and the Columbia River Gorge and interconnectedness of nature, school, students, and the community.”
The committee members included Cooke; Tracey MacLachlan, CRGE principal; Dani Allen, JMS art teacher; Sarah Howe, CRGE Parent; Kori Kelly, Superintendent’s assistant; Stephanie McGarvie, art teacher; Joe Steinbrenner, WSD facilities director and Amy Switzer, CRGE music teacher.
“It was an absolute pleasure to work with Beatrice,” said MacLachlan. “She had such a presence, as we met and got to work with her. Her professionalism as an artist, and her knowledge for her craft was remarkable. The attention to the details and the research she accomplished for the project were unprecedented.”
“Roots and Wings“ joins more than 4,600 artworks in the State Art Collection, which is located in more than 1,200 schools and state agencies across Washington State. Unlike art collections you might find in a museum, the State Art Collection is chosen by community representatives and is sited in places where people study, live, work, and play.
When Coron was asked by a student to name her favorite art creation, she admitted it was an impossible question to answer. “So, I must say, my next one,” she said with a laugh.
About the Artist
After briefly studying art at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts of Lyon, and Mandarin Chinese at the Université of Lyon III, Coron experienced life with a series of odd jobs. She has been, among others, a shepherdess, truck driver, factory worker, cleaning lady and a New York City tour guide. Coron has lived in France (her native country), Egypt and Mexico for one year, each and China for two years. She moved to New York in 1985 where she reinvented herself as an artist.
Coron’s works includes illustration, book arts, fine art and public art. She cuts her characteristic silhouette designs in paper and Tyvek. She also creates works in stone, glass, metal, rubber, stained glass and digital media.
Her work has been purchased by major museum collections, such as the Metropolitan Museum, The Walker Art center and The Getty. Her public art can be seen in subways, airport and sports facilities among others.
For the last 20 years, I have been exploring visual storytelling in artist books, paper cutting and public art. Collecting memories from individuals and communities, I stage narrative allegories in silhouette to create a dialogue with the viewer in playful fantasies.
These visual chronicles record archetypal stories that transcend time and space. My goal is to invite the public to pause and bring their own ideas finding personal interpretation to reclaim their imaginative powers.
My personal history fueled my curiosity for stories and questioned my perception of realities. I have been fascinated by the relation of people to their space and the sense of belonging. Using papercutting where everything is cut from a single piece of Tyvek, the profusion of individual stories makes a coherent whole world.
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WASHOUGAL, WA — The Washougal Schools Foundation announces the winner of the event logo contest for the 16th Annual Student Stride for Education fun run. The winning artwork, featuring a smiling, round faced Stride Cat, was created by Dakota Duncan, a sixth-grader at Jemtegaard Middle School. There were 23 entries from Washougal middle schools including JMS, Canyon Creek and Mt. Pleasant.
“Washougal Schools Foundation Student Stride for Education presents a unique opportunity for students to shine and not just on the race course,” said Stephanie Eakins, Event Director. “Long before the actual Stride event, our art contest runs from October to December and is open to all Washougal middle school students. Each year student creativity shines through in their art submissions. Each year brings new ideas and possibilities.”
This year’s cat was selected for its uniqueness that designers recognized would translate well to promotional materials. The Stride logo will also be featured on race t-shirts and promotional materials distributed throughout the community.
The WSF Stride has become a popular community event filled with healthy exercise, including an adult 5K run/walk and elementary school runs for each class from kindergarten through fifth grade. The event is the primary fundraising activity for the Washougal Schools Foundation, which is dedicated to enhancing the quality of public education and improving the lives of children in Washougal. The Foundation uses the proceeds of the WSF Stride for classroom grants and college scholarships.
About the Washougal Schools Foundation
The Washougal Schools Foundation seeks to enhance the quality of public education, helping to prepare students to constructively participate in the improvement of the community. The foundation offers Creative Classroom Grants in the Fall and Spring for projects up to $1,000 to teachers, staff, students, or community members. Mini-grants are offered throughout the year as well, each providing up to $250 to teachers for materials and programs. The foundation also awards Scholarships to select seniors graduating from the District. To learn more about the foundation and its contribution to the community, visit washougalschoolsfoundation.org