Back Issues: August 11, 2017

Columbia Credit Union awards $10,000 grant to Innovative Services NW for technology improvements

Friday, August 11, 2017

Columbia Credit Union recently awarded Innovative Services NW a $10,000 grant for technology improvements. From the $10,000 grant, $6,500 will go toward updating Innovative Services NW’s billing and scheduling software, primarily used by the Pediatric Therapy program. The additional $3,500 will complete the $107,300 the organization needs to purchase and implement new software and hardware upgrades for their accounting, human resources and fixed asset system. These technology upgrades will allow Innovative Services NW’s programs to better serve even more children, adults and families in need within community.

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Hockinson School Board holds regular meeting Aug. 28

Friday, August 11, 2017

The Hockinson School District Board of Directors will hold a regular meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28, at Hockinson High School Library, 16819 NE 159th St. in Brush Prairie.

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Test family emergency kits during the Red Cross Camp Prepare! Aug. 12

Friday, August 11, 2017

The American Red Cross is urging the community to camp out this weekend using only the contents of a disaster preparedness kit to ensure families have the supplies needed on hand if a disaster strikes. The Red Cross Camp Prepare! event is a regional, coordinated camping experience the whole family can participate in, either at a campground or in your own back yard.

Gather emergency kit supplies and test your preparedness by camping out in your own backyard or at a campsite on the night of Saturday, Aug. 12, for Camp Prepare! To see a kit list, visit redcross.org/PrepareGuide.

For a chance to win prizes, camp out and take a photo to document your preparedness. Show the campsite, campers and supplies. Explain if you needed additional supplies or if you were completely ready. Take a photo/selfie and tag on Facebook: RedCrossCascades, Instagram: @RedCrossCascades, and/or Twitter: @RedCrossCasc. The best 10 photos will win a prize pack valued at more than $200 each. The prize pack includes a Leatherman multi-tool, a Ledlenser flashlight and headlamp, Mountain House food samples and a Red Cross first aid kit.

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Celebrate Smokey Bear’s 73rd birthday at Fort Vancouver Aug. 12

Friday, August 11, 2017

On Saturday, Aug. 12, the U.S. Forest Service, Friends of Fort Vancouver, and the National Park Service will be celebrating the 73rd birthday of Smokey Bear at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center. This free event is from 1 to 3 p.m.

A short film about the return of life to Mount St. Helens, a part of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest after its eruption in 1980, will be shown in the Visitor Center theater. Smokey Bear-themed items will also be for sale in the Friends of Fort Vancouver Bookstore. Families can enjoy cake and lemonade and visit with Smokey Bear himself.

The real Smokey Bear was saved in a wildfire in New Mexico and was first called “Hotfoot Teddy,” his paws were badly burned when he clung to a smoking, burned out tree. Since then, Smokey has been promoting fire safety in public lands for several decades and has become a national icon in doing so. Find the event on Facebook, here.

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