Community briefs for Nov. 7, 2019

Wreaths for veterans' graves; C-TRAN unveils Washougal-themed bus; city redesigns website

Wreaths Across America coming to Camas

The national Wreaths Across America, an effort to remember and honor veterans through the laying of remembrance wreaths on veterans’ graves and of saying each veteran’s name aloud during a ceremony, will be held at the Camas Cemetery at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14.

The group is currently taking donations for wreaths to lay on local veterans’ graves. For more information, or to donate, visit wreathsacrossamerica.org. Send cash or checks made out to Wreaths Across America to VFW 4279, P.O. Box 579, Camas, WA 98607.

In 2018, the VFW 4278 laid more than 500 sponsored wreaths on local veterans’ graves. The public also is invited to help place the wreaths on the graves.

The Camas Cemetery is located at 630 N.E. Oak St., Camas.

C-TRAN introduces Washougal-themed bus

The Clark County Public Transit Benefit Area Authority (C-TRAN), a public transit agency serving Clark County, introduced a Washougal-themed bus at Washougal City Hall on Oct. 4.

The bus features Washougal imagery such as parks, natural areas, the Washougal High School state champion girls basketball team and more.

Throughout 2019, C-TRAN is rolling out a series of special bus designs to showcase communities in Clark County. Custom wraps that highlight some of the cities’ landmarks and defining places will be installed over a 40-foot bus that will rotate around different routes in the C-TRAN system.

“Clark County is a special place, and we’re proud to honor each of these communities with our most visible asset,” C-TRAN chief executive officer Shawn Donaghy said in a news release on the C-TRAN website. “We’re grateful for the support of our partners in the region as collectively they exemplify what the ‘Our Community, Our Promise’ initiative stands for. These buses are a way to show that appreciation and the pride we all share in this place.”

The photography and design work for this project are being done in-house by C-TRAN staff.

A Camas-themed bus was introduced earlier this year.

City of Washougal debuts redesigned website

The city of Washougal introduced a refreshed website on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

The website (cityofwashougal.us) underwent a six-month re-design process by CivicPlus, a leading government website provider.

“The website now has several new functions as well as a cleaner, easier layout to navigate,” according to a news release on the website. “Citizens and their local government will be able to communicate, monitor and report through some of the new featured modules.”

New features include: A mobile optimized design that ensures citizens can navigate and interact with content from any desktop computer, smartphone, or tablet; Alert Center functionality that allows website administrators to alert citizens with time-sensitive information and instructions using multiple channels, including the website homepage, social media and email; and personalized logins to allow citizens to create an account associated with the website to download forms, submit applications and permits, submit and track inquiries, comment on stories and topics of interest and engage in public dialog.

“With the new website, the city of Washougal will be able to increase its community engagement and enhance the communication between residents and local government,” the news release states.

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