Home Sweet Home at a School?

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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

 

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5th Annual Ralph Painter Memorial Run

This upcoming Saturday at the Rainer High School the 5th Annual Ralph Painter Memorial Run will began at 8:30 AM.  This race is a 10K Run & 5 k Run/Walk to honor Ralph Painter, an avid runner for many, many years.   Ralph Painter, a graduate from St. Helens High School, was a long time Columbia County resident serving as the Chief of Police in Rainer, Oregon until he was tragically killed while in the performance of duties on January 5th, 2011.

Over the past five years, this memorial race has generated over $20,000 in scholarships for deserving high school seniors in Columbia County.  The race is successful because of the runners, walkers and sponsors.  Please join the Painter family and other fellow officers on July 25th to help with this cause and to honor Ralph’s memory and ultimate sacrafice.  Don’t worry there is still time to participate.  You can pick up packet information starting at 7:30 AM.  To register online by 11:00 PM on Thursday July 23rd or go to Ralph Painter Memorial 10k Run & 5 K Walk for more information.

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Columbia County Fair & Rodeo Marks 100 Years

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Columbia County Fair & Rodeo – Photo Courtsey of Columbia County Fair & Rodeo Facebook Page

Carnival rides and games, barrel racing, rodeo court, corn dogs, cotton candy, 4-H Animals, Country Music and beer gardens. It sounds like a 100 Year Celebration to me.  2015 marks the celebration of both the Warren Grange & the Columbia County Fair & Rodeo.

100 years ago, Warren Grange started a partnership with the Columbia County Fair & Rodeo. Warren Grange operates out of the 4-H Pavilion  on the fairground.  This 100 year celebration will draw many people to the Columbia County Fair & Rodeo which runs from July 15th – July 19th, 2015.  A special opening ceremoney for the Fair will began at noon on July 15th to honor the orginal stones that were moved to the current fair location from the original location on Deer Island and to kick off the celebration.

Want to keep up with all the events, you can follow the fair  schedule on both their website and facebook pages. 2015 Columbia County Fair & Rodeo Calendar of Events and Follow events for the fair on Facebook.

This year John Micheal Montgomery will  preform July 15th.  While the VIP tickets are sold out, general admission is still available at local businesses like Chubb’s and Skinny’s in St. Helens. Groups such as the Columbia County Fair Board invite you to not only attend but to get involved.  They are even reaching out to kids to help volunteer.  Other groups such as Pacific Northwest Works have a call for volunteers for the Annual Plant Sale prep on July 14th whose proceeds support the fair.  Contact Pacific Northwest Works at 503-397-6495 to volunteer.

Let’s keep the fair going strong for another 100 years as it’s another great Columbia County annual tradition that helps create new memories, see old friends and pull a community together. #DiscoverColumbiaCounty #ColumbiaCounty


Celebrate 4th of July in Columbia County

Fireworks almost always steal the show on the 4th of July. St. Helens has fireworks that you don’t want to miss.  The show starts at 10:00 PM & Columbia County is invited to join.  Don’t forget to donate generoulsy to make this happen.  You will find donation jars all over town at locations like Klondike, Dockside Steak & Pasta, Skinny’s just to name a few local businesses.  This year City of St. Helens Community Foundation, the same organization that puts on 13 nights is also organizing all the events for July 4th.

So many things going on that day starting with a Fun Run & a Pancake Breakfast put on by Columbia River Fire and Rescue from 7-10, to a trash can painting contest where you can win $200 sponsored by Arts & Cultural Coaltition, to a “Strut Your Mutt” Parade & Contest benefitting the Columbia Humane Society  with so much more even a pie eating contest as a fundraiser for Yankton Arthur Academy.  You will enjoy seeing all the local businesses decorated for the 4th competing in a Display Window Contest.   Follow all the events at 4th of July St. Helens

We join you to get involved with the 4th of July fun it’s all part of living in a small community.  See you at the Columbia View Park. #DiscoverColumbiaCounty #ColumbiaCountyShopLocal

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13 Nights on the River to Start June 4th

St. Helens, OR-  June 4th marks the start of the 11th Season of 13 Nights on the River at Columbia Park in St. Helens.

If you haven’t been, your in for a treat. The St. Helens Community Foundation along with sponsors Columbia River PUD, Dyno Nobel, Ace Hardware, Port of St. Helens, Columbia River Funeral & Cremation, & Taylor Resolution Dispute support 13 Nights on the River which coordinates music for the community on Thursday nights along with an open air market.

The Open Air Market has a variety of food, crafts and product vendors starting from 3:00-6:00 PM.  For the adults there is a beer garden.  For the kids, a playground.  For all, live music.

Weekly performances will continue from 6 to 9 PM Thursdays through Aug. 27th. Admission is free but please donate generously.  You might want to come early as many residents across Columbia County attend, so you might even run into an old friend or two.

Follow 13 Nights on the River on Facebook.

Check out their schedule:

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To read more about each band, go to 13 Nights on the River band information.

 

 


St. Helens Library Celebrates 100 Years

Don’t you just love a party?  Especially one that celebrates a local community treasure like our St. Helens Library.  If you have not been to our local library, your missing out. They offer activities for all ages such as storytime, game nights, and many more special events. Did you know that you can sign up to learn to play the Ukulele with Tim Pardue of the Cowlitz Ukulele Association? They meet Saturdays at 10:00 AM for beginners and at 11 a.m for those who have played before. Call the Library at 503-397-4544 for more details and to register. They also have a great computer lab and are always helpful.  Click here for library events.

Having a strong educational resource like the library is the sign of a vibrant community.   Sign up for the City of St. Helens newsletter to receive ongoing information about the library and the City of St. Helens.

Help the community celebrate St. Helens Library 100 years by attending one or both of their two parties.  The adult party on May 18th will feature historical memorabilia & cake from  7:00-8:00PM.   The kids party on May 21st at 5:00 PM will be in the Auditorium.  BJ the Clown will  perform an hour comedy show then afterwards classic games like tug of war will be played along with singing Happy Birthday and cake.  Doesn’t that sound like a fun party?  Thanks to all who support our local library. Here’s to another 100 years!

St. Helens Library Celebrates 100 Years

Walk with a Cop- Collaboration to Support Columbia County

Did you know that you can Walk with a Cop?  St. Helens Police Sergeant Rick Graham and Officer Alex Bubar, Columbia City have joined St. Helens resident, Judy Thompson’s team, called the  Legacy Devers Dynamos.  Together they invite you to join them in the 2015 NAMI Walk on Sunday May 17th.

What is NAMI?  NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, providing support, education, research, and advocacy for individuals, families, and friends of those living with mental illness. The 13th Annual Northwest NAMI Walk is held in Portland.  Every year  representatives from Columbia County have walked to raise awareness about mental health issues.  NAMI holds this event each year to keep NAMI programs and services free of charge for those who need them. More Information on NAMI Walk 2015

For the last four years,  local citizen, Judy Thompson has been walking for Columbia County.  This year her team has raised a little over $7,000.00.  These funds are donated back to local organizations that support mental health awareness such as $500.00 to  Sacagawea Health Center in Feb 2015 to contribute to their  Touch the Heart of a Child” annual fund raiser.   Mental health services for local school children are just one of the many services that Sacagewea Helath Care Center provides .  NAMI Columbia County provided Christmas for Peers of Columbia Community Mental Health (CCMH) which involved giving out 160 gift cards in Dec 2014. Since 2011. NAMI Columbia County has been assisting with financial resources to help local law enforcement officers attend the Crisis Intervention Team Training (CIT).  NAMI of Columbia County helps to make an impact.

Join Judy’s team to continue to do good things for Columbia County.  Judy  hopes to have 100 people walking on her team for Columbia County.   Not able to walk?  You can be a Virtual Walker or donate to a great team.   When you support this effort, you help to  spread the word that mental illness is ok to talk.  You help to share that NAMI is a strong resource in and out of crisis.  There is no fee to register to walk.  Go to team page to join and support Sgt. Graham, Officer Bubar and Judy’s dedicated efforts   http://namiwalks.nami.org/devers15

NAMI of Columbia County is a great example of how collaboration helps to strengthen resources in Columbia County.

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St. Helens Police Sergeant Rick Graham, Courtsey of St.Helens Police Department – Facebook Page
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NAMI Columbia County Walkers
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2014 Columbia County Team, Legacy Devers Dynomos

 

 

 


“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!

 


“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.

 

 


“It was the puppies that stole the show.” – Denim & Diamonds

St. Helens, OR-  The people outnumbered the puppies on Saturday February 7th, 2015 at the Columbia County Fairgrounds Pavillion to raise funds at “Denim & Diamonds” Dinner, Auction & Dance for the Columbia Humane Society.   But who can resist holding a little one, so I would say the puppies surely stole the show.

Citizens from Columbia County came out to support the Columbia Humane Society which is a no-kill shelter that started in 1985 to help displaced and neglected animals find new homes.  They offer services such pet adoptions and a Vaccine Clinic throughout the year and across Columbia County.  Also, it’s a great place to volunteer as an indiviudal or a team. Want to know more watch the Video of Columbia Humane Society

Columbia Humane Society is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization who does not receive funding from any national or state animal welfare group or government agency. Their operations rely solely on income from their members, donors, small grants & fundraising events.  How to Support Columbia County Humane Society?

Dean Cox, Executive Director, Columbia Humane Society, & Hayden, a volunteer, who helped showcase the puppies.

Jesse stole this attendees heart during the Fundraiser.
The puppy, Jesse, stole this attendees heart during the Fundraiser.