Thank you, Columbia County law enforcement!

Today is National Tell a Police Officer Thank You Day.

There are many excellent men and women in this country who put their lives in jeopardy every day to ensure that the public is protected from danger. We are fortunate to have a very respectable group of them right here in Columbia County who deserve our gratitude for their bravery and kindness.

Law enforcement is not an easy job. Officers get more thugs than hugs. So, if you encounter one today, consider giving them thanks for the difficult work they do.

Police agencies that service our community (click on names to visit agency Web sites):
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Columbia City Police

Columbia County Sheriff’s Office

Scappoose Police

St. Helens Police

Rainier Police

Vernonia Police

For more information about National Tell a Police Officer Thank You Day, click here.


Family Fun: Ninja secrets, slippery science and more offered at St. Helens Public Library

Several free activities for children and young adults are offered now through December at the St. Helens Public Library375 S. 18th St. A schedule is listed below. Some activities require advance registration, or a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. For details, call 503-397-4544.

SEPTEMBER

Ninja Night: 4 p.m., Wed, Sept. 19. Weapons talk and demonstration, crafts, and ninja snack; presented by library staff and Lewis Taekwondo; ages four and older.

Mini-Golf: 5:15 p.m., Fri, Sept. 28. Practice your putting skills in a librarian-made obstacle course fashioned from several stacks of books; for teens.

OCTOBER

“Read for the Record”: 4 p.m., Thur, Oct. 4. A literacy event for children across the United States who pledge to read the same book, on the same day; local participants are invited to gather in the library auditorium and read “Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad” by David Soman and Jackie Davis; buggy costume craft, ladybug pencil giveaway and raffle for a professionally-made ladybug costume will follow; ages 3-8.

Monster Movies & Munchies: 3 p.m., Thur, Oct. 18. Scary movies and snacks; call for movie titles; ages 8 and younger admitted with a parent or legal guardian only; ages 10-14 must have a parent or legal guardian sign a waiver at the door.

Dissection Juxtaposition: 4 p.m., Wed, Oct. 24. Library staff and volunteers dissect numerous vertebrate animals to explore what makes them tick and how they are similar to humans; ages five and older.

NOVEMBER

Fight Like a Girl: 4 p.m., Fri, Nov. 9. A self-defense class on how to avoid dangerous situations, what to do if a dangerous situation is unavoidable, and how to defend yourself if you are attacked; presented by library staff and a martial arts instructor from Lewis Taekwondo; girls and boys welcome; ages 10 and older.

Elephant & Piggie Day: 4 p.m., Thur, Nov. 15. A special story-time celebrating Mo Willems’ beloved picture book characters — Elephant and Piggie; book-related activities and picture-taking opportunities with story characters will follow; ages three and older.

DECEMBER

Gingerbread, Juice and Jubilations: Sat, Dec. 15. 11 a.m., “The Gingerbread Man” puppet show with Penny’s Puppet Productions; ages three and older; 11:45 a.m., gingerbread man and woman decorating craft and apple cider; ages three and older; 2 p.m., “Wrap it Up!” basic gift-wrapping class for teens and adults; wrapping workshop will follow where participants can utilize library wrapping paper, ribbons, glitter and die-cutters to customize their gift-wrapping; limit three gifts a person; boxes not provided; registration is required for all three events.

ONGOING

Storytimes: Baby Lapsit, 10:15 a.m. Tuesdays; ages six-months to two years. Toddler Storytime, 11:15 a.m. Wednesdays; ages 2-3. Preschool Storyime, 11:15 a.m. Thursdays; ages 3-5. No storytime Nov. 21-23.


Signs of a new season

A good indicator that fall is just around the bend in Columbia County is waking up to chilly, damp temperatures in the mornings and discovering magnificently constructed spider webs draped over much of your landscaping:

 

And these falling from your oak trees, making crunchy noises under your feet as you cross the lawn:

 

We have a forecasted high in Columbia County today of 86°F. Evening temperature will drop to around 51°F. Summer is slowly making an exit. Enjoy every last second of it!


Scappoose Sauerkraut Festival offers good eats, unusual treats… and cabbage bowling

Sauerkraut-eating contest

For 23 summers, the city of Scappoose has hosted one of Columbia County’s most popular events – the Sauerkraut Festival. This year, the festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, in Heritage Park.

The event is coordinated by the Scappoose Community Club, and sponsored by RS Media, Wauna Federal Credit Union and many other local businesses and organizations.

Festival organizers say the event draws anywhere from 8,000 to 10,000 sauerkraut enthusiasts annually and features delicious sauerkraut-infused fare, such as chocolate sauerkraut cupcakes and sauerkraut ice cream, as well as the “Famous Scappoose Sauerkraut Sandwich”.

Visitors can try their hand at cabbage bowling, gorge themselves in a sauerkraut-eating contest or work-up a pre-gorge appetite by participating in the Matt Moquin 5K Fun Run and Walk. Registration for the walk/run begins at 8:30 a.m. at Scappoose High School, 33700 High School Way.

Dozens of vendor booths will be featured, including Master Gardeners with the OSU Extension Service, the Columbia Humane Society, Susan’s Classy Glass Creations, Old Oregon Smokehouse, Terrel’s Texas Bar-B-Que, Patty’s Kettle Corn and others.  A complete list of vendors can be viewed by clicking here.

Locally-grown goodies and hand-made crafts also will be offered for sale at the nearby Scappoose Farmers’ Market, which runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

From noon to 3 p.m., helpers are needed to decide which sauerkraut recipe deserves the coveted “People’s Choice Award” during a celebrity sauerkraut cook-off and tasting event. Contestants include Scappoose natives, C.C. Barber, who is Miss Oregon 2009, Scappoose mayor, Scott Burge, and this year’s Sauerkraut Festival queen, Rachel Mayes, as well as Sheryl Stewart from The Buzz 105.9.

The event also offers family activities in the Columbia River PUD Kids’ Cabbage Patch with pony rides, a petting zoo, and crafts with the Girl Scouts. Live music and other acts will be featured on the Fred Meyer entertainment stage.

The stage schedule includes: 10 a.m., opening ceremony; 10:30 a.m., jazz duo Nina Reed & Larry Munson, with special guest Mark Alexander; Noon, Lyman Louis, americana/country/blues; 1 p.m., OPAS Dance; 2 p.m., sauerkraut eating contest; 2:30 p.m., Crossfire, country western; 4 p.m., Scappoose High School showcase; and 4:30 p.m., Backstage Pass, new/old country/heavy rock.

Heritage Park is located at Southeast Second Street, between East Columbia Avenue and Southeast Olive Street. For more information, contact Beth Pulito, 503-913-4476, or Lisa Smith, 503-543-2010, or visit the festival Web site at www.scappoosecommunity.org.

Those interested in participating in the 5K walk/run, contact Paula Holmason, 503-888-5592, or holmasons@yahoo.com.


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St. Helens Les Schwab relocates to temporary site

ST. HELENS — According to a Sept. 4 report on The Chronicle Web site, the St. Helens Les Schwab that was destroyed after a fire on Aug. 24 will temporarily reopen in the old Fuel Café building at 555 S. Columbia River Highway, next to the Village Inn restaurant.

Preparations to update the site for Les Schwab services began Aug. 27 and the company hopes to re-open by mid-September. Click here for the article.


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Fire district announces fall burn period

ST. HELENS — Columbia River Fire & Rescue has announced the fall burn period for residents of their service district in St. Helens, Columbia City, Prescott and Rainer.

Burning will be allowed with a valid permit from Oct. 20 through Nov. 4. Permits, which are free, are good for one year and can be obtained online with a valid e-mail address through the district’s Web site at www.crfr.com, or in-person in their administration offices at 270 Columbia Blvd. in St. Helens.

Permit holders may burn only during authorized times set by the fire district and are required to call the district’s burn line at 503-397-4800 prior to burning to confirm that a ban is not in effect for that day. Those without permits and who burn on non-authorized days may be subject to fines.
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For more information, call the district’s administration offices at 503-397-2990, or e-mail info@crfr.com.

September Events in Columbia County

A sampling of events offered in Columbia County during the month of September. More items will be added this week, so please return for updates!

Sept 5

Columbia County Sheriff’s Office volunteer orientation: 6-7 p.m. Wed, Sept. 5. Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, 901 Port Ave., St. Helens. Learn about volunteer opportunities; new and current volunteers welcome. Details: 503-366-4611, www.co.columbia.or.us/sheriff (click the VIPS link under “Get Involved”).

Sept 8

10th Annual Amani Center Luau & Auction: 4:30-9:30 p.m. Sat, Sept. 8. Columbia County Fairgrounds, 58892 Saulser Road, St. Helens. Catered dinner by Hawaiian Island Café, Hawaiian music, Polynesian dancers, fire dancers, silent and oral auctions; Hawaiian attire encouraged; adults only; $45 a person, tables $375-500. Details: 503-366-4005, www.amanicenter.org, amanicenter@comcast.net.

Sept 13

   

Author visit: 7 p.m. Thur, Sept. 13, St. Helens Public Library, 375 S. 18th St. Local author Ken Scholes will read from and discuss his latest works “Diving Mimes, Weeping Czars and Other Unusual Suspects”; free. Details: 503-397-4544, www.sthelens.plinkit.org.

 

Sept. 18

Fall paper crafts: 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 18-Dec. 11. St. Helens Public Library, 375 S. 18th St. A scrapbooking class with Stampin’ Up demonstrator, Angie McNulty; class themes are “birthday”, “Halloween”, “Christmas”, and “thank-you”; adults only; advance registration required. Details: 503-397-4544, www.sthelens.plinkit.org.

Ongoing

St. Helens Public Library storytimes: Baby Lapsit, 10:15 a.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 11, 18, 25; ages six-months to two years. Toddler Storytime, 11:15 a.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 12, 19, 26; ages 2-3. Preschool Storyime, 11:15 a.m. Thursdays, Sept. 13, 20, 27; ages 4-5. Free. 375 S. 18th St. Details: 503-397-4544, www.sthelens.plinkit.org.

Scappose Public Library storytime: Preschool Storytime, 10:30-11 a.m. Wednesdays. Ages five and younger; craft time or other activity will follow; free. 52469 S.E. Second St. Details: 503-543-7123, www.scappooselibrary.org.

Scappoose Farmers’ Market: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through September. On Southeast Second Street, behind Scappoose City Hall, next to Heritage Park. Details: 503-543-3469, www.scappoosefarmermarket.com.