What’s SHOR?

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 paul@shorinfo.com.

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Paul Woods, Owner, answering questions from local St. Helen’s residents.
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Explanation of A New Green Technology

 


Great Local Business – All About Pets

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

 

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Rawhide Bones Made in USA
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Customer Appreciation Sale April 4th

 

Items for Humans - MADE IN USA socks

“Spring into Gardening”

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. joki@columbiaswed.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

Happy gardening!

 


Do you know Mo’s?

St. Helens, OR– If you haven’t been, then you must go to Mo’s Art, Hook & Needle, Inc. right here in Columbia County.  If you are not a crafty person, that’s ok.  You must go anyway to meet Melonie, who will answer all your questions and give you a brief tour.  All you have to do is ask.  Mo’s is located at 161 St. St. Helens, OR .  Mo’s is a not to miss store when shopping in St. Helens. Open Monday-Saturday 10-6 and Thursday 10-8:30ish.  503-366-YARN (9276)

If your a crafty type of person then bring your own fiber projects or join a group for the Spinning Wheel on Thursday evenings for time to work & talk.  Mo’s also can help you weave a rug, scarf, belts and many other projects. All you have to do is ask.  It’s affordable as rugs start out around $40.00. Classes offer a variety of new crafts for beginners to advanced for:

Kool-Aid Dyeing

Beginning Weaving-Cardboard Loom

Woven Memories- Picture

Kumihimo-Japanese Braiding

Spinning Wheel Spinning

Weaving on a Floor Loom.

Just another example of one of the many fun local businesses to visit while here in Columbia County and things to do.  Follow Mo’s on Facebook

Yarn selection from Mo's Art, Hook & Needle, Inc. (Photo courtsey of Mo's)
Example of the Yarn Selection at Mo’s. Photo Courtsey of Mo’s.

 


“Hearts Here. Hearts There. Hearts Everywhere”

St. Helens, OR – Have you noticed all the hearts hanging up at the local businesses?  You can find them at Columbia River PUD, Ace Hardware, & Houlton Bakery to name a few.  They are gold or pink.  The hearts are sold by local businesses for the Sacagawea Health Care Center which is a nonprofit here in Columbia County.  Sacagawea Health Care Center helps all children get the health services needed weather insured or not to be successful in school.  The Sacagawea Health Center is located at Lewis & Clark Elementary School, 1060 Eisenschmidt Lane, St. Helens, OR.

You can purchase hearts at local busineses up until Feb 28th,2015.  Additional locations to purchase hearts.  You still have time to buy them at $l for pink $5 donation for Gold.  Thanks for your support for the “Touch the Heart of a Child Campaign.”

ACE Hardware not only a great store but supports local.

 

 


Scappoose Farmers Market opens for 12th season

SCAPPOOSE — The Scappoose Farmers Market has returned for its 12th season.

Vendors will sell goods from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 27 in the Scappoose City Hall parking lot, and along Southeast Second Street, off of East Columbia Avenue.

Shoppers will find fresh, locally grown vegetables, fruits, and seasonal Oregon berries, as well as nursery plants, herbs, flowers, handcrafted items by local and regional artisans, and other items for sale.

On average, the market features between 22-24 vendors a week. For those who are interested in selling their wares at the market, contact the Scappoose Community Club for information about guidelines and fees.

Details: call 503-543-3469, e-mail scappoosefm@gmail.com, or visit the website www.scappoosefarmersmarket.com.

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‘Sailing for Sacagawea’ benefit May 31 in St. Helens

ST. HELENS — Sacagawea Health Center will host their 12th annual “Touch the Heart of Child” auction and benefit May 31 at the Columbia County Fairgrounds.

The theme of the event is “Sailing for Sacagawea”. It will include a hosted bar, appetizers and a barbecue dinner by Blackbird Catering, entertainment, and a silent and oral auction. Travel packages, fine art, pottery, glass works and other items will be up for bid.

Tickets are $45 each and can be purchased at Sacagawea Health Center, Houlton Bakery and the South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce in St. Helens, and at Fultano’s Pizza in Scappoose.

The Sacagawea Health Center is a non-profit organization that extends medical care and other services to students in Columbia County (regardless of having health insurance). Primary health care, such as, well-child examinations, immunizations, treatment for chronic conditions like asthma or diabetes, and sports physicals are offered.

The center also provides prevention services, including fitness and nutrition classes, and some mental health services, such as family counseling and counseling for depression.

Details: call 503-366-7696, or visit the website www.sacagaweahealthcenter.org. For real-time updates, like the Sacagawea Health Center on Facebook.

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Slingin’ sauces at Kuy’s Oriental Cuisine

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Kuy Kao fills several glass jars with her homemade Cambodian peanut sauce in her kitchen at Kuy’s Oriental Cuisine in St. Helens. Photo by Rathana Soenneker

ST. HELENS — Kuy Kao, owner of Kuy’s Oriental Cuisine in St. Helens, whips up a batch of her popular Cambodian peanut sauce following today’s lunch rush in her restaurant.

Assisting are son-in-laws (left to right), Jake Wakeman and Ali Amhaz, and server Jackie Coddington (far left).

Kao sells her specialty sauces in her restaurant at 524 Milton Way, and at selected farmers markets in the area during harvest season. Other sauce varieties include: fried garlic, sweet chili, garlic vinaigrette, chili oil, and stir-fry.

For product information, and recipe ideas, visit: www.kuyscambodiansauces.com.


‘Empty Bowls’ to benefit hungry of Columbia County

ST. HELENS — The Columbia Pacific Food Bank will combat hunger in Columbia County with an “Empty Bowls” fundraiser on Fri, April 11, in McBride Elementary School, 2774 Columbia Blvd.

The concept of “Empty Bowls” was established in 1990 by a high school art teacher from Michigan. His students crafted ceramic bowls to sell during a fundraising meal where proceeds benefited hungry members of their community.

Guests at the St. Helens “Empty Bowls” event will purchase studnet-made bowls and fill it with cuisine donated by local food merchants and dining establishments. Everyone keeps their bowls as a reminder of hunger in the world.

The event is 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at Dianna’s Formal Affair and Fultano’s Pizza in Scappoose, and Bertucci’s, Sunshine Pizza, Columbia Pacific Food Bank, and South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce in St. Helens.

Details: call 503-397-9708, or visit the website www.cpfoodbank.org.

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