Dreaming of a healthier you in 2016? If you are not as motivated as you’d like, try group exercise. Groups are a great for accountability, to make new friends, build self-confidence and meet your health goals. Columbia County has many group exercise options. After reading a community facebook post where locals bragged about the following exercise hot spots, I’ve complied a list of their favorites. I also wanted to share a few more if your New Year’s Resolutions is for a healthier you, if you are into that. If not, maybe just because it’s good for you.
Columbia City: Pacific Athletic Club. Racquetball, pickleball, and more just follow their facebook page.
St. Helens, OR- Have you heard about the Reindeer Run? It is a signature event in Columbia County. It happens the 1st weekend in December. This Saturday December 5th marks the 6th Annual Reindeer Run held at the Columbia River Four Square Church 555 Commons Drive, St. Helens. You can participate in the walk or run. 5K ,10k or half-marathon. It’s up to you which one you choose.
Money raised at this run is donated back to support community programs. The three chosen local charities benefitting from the run are St. Helens Police Reserves Academy, Toys for Tots Program and Columbia Pacific Food Bank. . Over the last few years an average of over $12,000 was raised each year.
Scappoose, OR- There is a new kid in town when it comes to a retail store in Columbia County located right across from Scappoose City Hall at 3355 Columbia Ave, Suite 113. Young or old it doesn’t matter, you can now entertain the “nerd” in you by stopping by to check out cards, comics and gaming. The Nerd Nest is the kind of place you can stop in for a little while to hang out or buy Disc Golf Sets to get some exercise.
The Nerd Nest is a unique retail venue in South Columbia County. To keep up with what’s going on “Like” their facebook page The Nerd Nest . Owners, Sean & his wife Jamie Lowry, have been open for 2 months. They have already partnered with another local business, NERDstaglia, Inc. to carry their Disc Golf Sets owned by Chris and Emily Emanuel.
Next time your looking for something to do. Stop by to grab a comic book or a new Disc Golf Set to go play at a local disc golf park such as McCormick Park in St Helens.
St. Helens, OR- English High Tea? Cucumber sandwhiches or tasty chicken curry sandwhiches, perhaps. Let’s not forget about the scones. Tea stirs up good conversation with loved ones.
Now, do I have your attention? New business Tea Time located at 165 N. 11th Street, on the corner of 11th and Columbia Blvd.,owner, Cindy Sutiff, invites you to join her for the Grand Opening Oct 30th along with a Ribbon Cutting by the South Chamber of Commerce at noon. Tea Time Open House 12-5 where you should check out her inventory of teas, homemade English treats and step back into the 1920’s at her new tea shop.
Cindy spent her time as a kid having tea with her grandma. It was a family event. It’s a tradition she wants to bring to Columbia County to share some of her own experiences with others. She opens Oct 30th with starting hours on Saturday and Sunday 11 to 5, with occasional Friday 11-5 . She has already started booking private parties and encourages you to come by for a cup of tea. She also loves to collaborate and is looking for artists to showcase their work on a monthly basis. Cindy believes in Shop Local and currently serves on the City of St. Helens Pedestrian and Biking Committee.
To follow Cindy on her journey as her business grows, please “like” her on Facebook.
St. Helens & Columbia City are so close you can walk from one to the other. You follow the paved path across from the County Roads Department down Heart Attack Hill. When you come out of the wooded area, you’ve reach Columbia City. Not only are they close in proximity but both communities have women who have received industry awards one from city government and the other from the building and design industry. You may have even heard their names, Kannikar Peterson & Leahnette Rivers.
Kannikar Peterson from St Helens Oregon will be recognized at the upcoming Oregon Builds Connections Conference Oct 15th for a luncheon at the Sentinel Hotel Portland, OR. The Daily Journal of Commerce’s 2015 Vision Awards go to top of their industry to women in the building and design industry from Oregon and Southwest Washington. The criteria set for receiving the award is leadership, industry accomplishments, mentoring efforts and community involvement. 65 women were nominated and 25 where chosen. Congratulations to Kannikar Peterson for winning this award. Kannikar Peterson, Co- Owner with husband, Al Peterson,Akaan Architecture & Design is active in the community. Kannikar currently serves on the Art’s and Cultural Coalition for the City of St. Helens. Read more: DJC Oregon 2015 Women of Vision Awards
Leahnette Rivers, City Administrator for Columbia City for the last 16 years, was awarded the Kehrli Award in Bend Oregon. The Kehrli Award is given out by the Oregon League of Cities, a volunteer organization to represent Oregon’s 242 incorporated cities. Oregon League of Cities helps local city governments serve their citizens by providing legislative services, policy setting, and other support. Leahnette received the nominations for the award from elected officials; staff and community. They praised her work on the veteran’s park, her leadership and financial planning skills. Click here to read more
Congratulations to local leaders, Kannikar Peterson and Leahentte Rivers. Good to see you at the top of your Industry.
Deer Island, OR – If you are looking for a farm to table bed and breakfast, you’ve found it at Deer Island Manor. Diane & Jason Dunn bought the Deer Island School a little over a year ago to turn it into a new type of Bed & Breakfast in Deer Island, Columbia County. This is small town America with big time service.
Deer Island Bed & Breakfast has a master suite, and two additional rooms. Diane Dunn is a hostess extraordinaire. It’s all about the amenities. You can get healthy food there if that’s what your into because well the cook lets you pick out of her garden when the produce is in season. I mean, how cool is that? Plus, they care about sending their guests to the best local restaurants and shops in Columbia County. You get on the spot concierge service.
Deer Island Manor is a booming business filling up with new guests everyday from all over the world with rave reviews on the internet. They host events, workshops and luncheons.
What makes them different? Diane & Jason moved out to Columbia County from Portland. They wanted a different type of B & B starting with the experience then the location. They wanted their guests to have both rest & relaxation. They want their guests to experience the small town Oregon experience to come and stay awhile. They allow you to pick your own eggs for breakfast and veggies from there garden, plus they have a robot ready to be worn by any adventurous 5-8 year old. They have chalk board for kids to create on in the kitchen bar, plus local walks and places to explore. #STAYLOCAL #CONNECTCOLUMBIACOUNTY
Where the Hell is Goble, OR? If you’ve heard that saying then you’ve been to Columbia County, if not then you must come spend the day exploring. Now it’s one of those cities where if you blink, you’ve missed it. It’s worth a stop by for a beer, a burger, or play a game out back or come in for live music usually last Friday of the month. August 15th marks the important day for the Annual Goble Warming Party. A Goble Tavern spokesperson shared that varying stories as to WHO came up with the name for the party to be called Goble Warming. But it’s catchy. They think former owner Jerry Modine with his company Pig Party Productions roasted a pig on his farm a couple of times and then moved it to the Goble Tavern.
Goble Tavern new majority owners since 2006, Mike Avent & Meryl Head partnered with Tim Navarro & Melanie Smith purchased the 50-60 year old Historic Goble Tavern from Jerry Modine. Just so you know Goble back in the day was a thriving Port town still located with a view of the Columbia River. Now days it’s quite less populated with one famous business, The Historic Goble Tavern. The Goble Tavern has been under several different owners over the years but its claim to fame is that Willie Nelson’s mother once bartended there when he was 19 according to local folklore. It also has a summer music contest “Search for the Star” sponsored by Jim Beam. Goble Warming Party is the contest finals for “Search for the Star.”
Come down on August 15th to celebrate Goble Warming. Live music starts at 2:30 PM with no cover charge. Be sure to bring a few of your favorite friends. It’s all about getting together in one spot with live music to celebrate Goble, OR. You’ll meet a few locals, plus enjoy the small town vibe. See you there. Historic Goble Tavern Information
Have you heard about SHOR (St. Helens Organics Recycling, LLC)?
SHOR held two open houses last week at the St. Helen’s Armory to share information with the public about the proposed St. Helens Organics Recycling facility. You might be asking yourself what does that mean? SHOR seeks to be a leader in environmental sustainability by providing an alternative to sending food scraps to the landfill. SHOR would use a 100 year old process called anaerobic digestion in a closed facility to produce a methane gas similar to natural gas used to create electricity, energy to run some of the operations at the mill or as a transportation fuel for the trucks that serve the mill. Not only does this process create a renewable energy but it would also would provide a valuable source of nutrients for local farm and agricultural reuse.
SHOR’s proposed site is to be c0-located on the Cascade Tissue (formly Boise White Paper) Mill site. SHOR shared that both the residents and businesses will benefit from having a community facility that demonstrates real leadership in environmental sustainability. It will also provide jobs and serve as an anchor to help attract other businesses that value the protection of the environment. SHOR’s next steps are to apply for permits for a permits from the Department of Environmental Quality which will require a hearing prior to issuance.
If you couldn’t make it to the Open House, please contact Paul Woods, Owner. He invites the public to contact him for more information on the facility layout, anaerobic digestion and status of the project. You can go to SHOR INFO or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have you been to All About Pets? The minute I walked into the store, I was greeted by the cutest little chihuahua. Charles Van Cleave, Operations Manager, met me with a big smile and almost a skip in his step. Immediately, I knew he loved his job. The store is spacious, clean and offers a great variety of products. The first 3 products I picked up in this store were MADE IN USA, always a plus.
All About Pets, 52567 Columbia River Hwy, Scappoose, OR, is locally owned by Cathy Cook who has been in business for 11 years. They have a staff of 6 in 5,000 square foot building that has almost anything a pet lover should need. Charles shared the company’s mission and philosophy that they are a Companion Animal Resource Center that likes to educate their clients. They love your animals and like you. They believe in good animal nutrition. They share about everything such as tips or resource from why you should buy an MADE IN USA rawhide chew or why buy a certain type of dog food. Plus, they have a clean aquarium room with a variety of fish and reptiles. You’ll even find a thing or two for humans.
Stop by on April 4th to help them celebrate their clients with a Customer Appreciation Sale.
Plus, they have Dog washes on 1st Saturday to benefit the off the leash Dog Park in Scappoose. Please call for an appointment 503-543-5740. Follow All About Pets on Facebook #SHOPLOCAL
Do you like to garden? Have a garden and need plants? Just have a few questions?
We have some great resources here in Columbia County to help you get started if your new to the area or starting a garden. Want classes? Check out OSU Extension Service Gardening Classes and Resources for Columbia County. You can also contact Columbia Soil and Water Conservation District Weed Control program on what is a weed and what’s not. Get your questions answered call Tyler 503-397-455 ext 104 or email tyler. email@example.com.
Additional resources like the Scapppose Watershed Council can help answer questions about native spieces and share why consider using native speices. The Scappoose Bay Watershed Council is hosting their Native Plant Sale April 11th from 9-1 at Scappoose High School (greenhouse at the 2nd parking lot at school). They have one of the largest selections of native trees, plants, shrubs and are happy to answer questions before or after the sale on “what’s best?” Shop Local for Native Plants Don’t own a garden but want to help? The Scappoose Watershed Council also accepts volunteers. Scappoosebay Native Plant Nursery