It’s hard to believe, but the start of the new school year is right around the corner. A summer filled with swimming, flip flops, outdoor adventures and carefree fun will soon be gone. They will be replaced by days that will include schedules and homework, as well as opportunities to once again see beloved teachers and close friends.
As of this morning, Primary Election Day, of the 251,730 ballots mailed to Clark County voters, only 55,466 have been returned.
Decades ago, when Camas was still considered by many to be a small, sleepy mill town, local community leaders had a vision. Since that time, new industries have made their way into the landscape, and along with them new homes, neighborhoods, schools, roads and other infrastructure, parks and trails, and businesses of all varieties.
It’s that time of year again. It’s summertime and Camas Days is just around the corner. Camas-Washougal Chamber of Commerce staff and many volunteers work for months to prepare for and put on this event, which highlights the many special attributes of this small community.
During the past few weeks, temperatures have begun to heat up. It’s the time of year when many are drawn to the area’s natural waterways. Pacific Northwest residents are blessed to have access to rivers, streams, lakes and ponds to enjoy from afar and to cool off in up close.
It’s a tragic story. One that many are hoping and praying has a happy ending. Angelic “Anji” Dean, who recently completed her junior year at Camas High School, disappeared from her west Camas home late in the evening on Monday, June 23. Nobody has seen or heard a word from her since. She’s sent no text messages, and made no credit card transactions, phone calls or posts on social media that anyone can trace.
On the Fourth of July, we celebrate freedom. While many of us are enjoying the food and fireworks, and spending time with friends and family, those who have truly sacrificed for our freedoms should be in our minds as well.
Caring for the body and mind. These are topics that are so important, yet are so often ignored by many of us on a daily basis.
On Saturday, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Schick-Ogle Post 4278 joined with Boys Scouts and Cub Scouts to offer the Camas-Washougal community its first public flag retirement ceremony in many years.
Decades ago, when many of us were just kids, making the annual outdoor school trip as a sixth-grader was a rite of passage. In what was often the first time away from home, we cooked hamburgers on homemade Bunsen burners, slept in sleeping bags in old “rustic” cabins, ate meals together, shared chores to keep the camp running smoothly, sang songs and maybe most importantly learned about nature and interacted with each other in new and different ways.