Sessions currently works as the head secretary at Lewis and Clark Elementary in St. Helens. Her supervisor, principal Cathy Carson, nominated her for the award, referring to Sessions as the heart and soul of their school in her recommendation letter.
The announcement of Sessions’ award was made on May 8 during a surprise celebration, cloaked as a mandatory staff meeting, in the school library. Sessions’ family, friends and current and former co-workers were in attendance.
Sessions was caught off-guard by the award because she was unaware of her nomination by Carson. According to an OSEA press release, Sessions said, “When I saw my retired friends here (at the meeting) my first thought was… I didn’t retire yet!”
The employee of the year award is one of the highest honors of OSEA. The award is given out annually, and recipients are chosen from a pool of Oregon nominees by a committee of past OSEA presidents.
Sessions will be recognized during an awards ceremony at the 2014 OSEA Conference from June 26-28 in Portland.
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.
It’s not often we get blasted with copious amounts of snow here in Columbia County. Maybe every few years or so, if we’re lucky (or not, depending on your feelings about the white stuff). But, when we do, we really know how to make the best of it. The following gallery is a collection of images submitted by readers of Beyond the Burbs, and others we begged to share their experiences with us through photography. Enjoy the snow, stay warm, and be safe!
*UPDATED Sat, Feb. 8, 2014
ST. HELENS — A silent auction benefitting Angie Van Ortwick will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sat, Nov. 30., at Sacagawea Health Center, 1060 Eisenschmidt Way.
Van Ortwick, who is from St. Helens, was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in June. She is a single mother of three children – two boys ages 18 and 15, and an 11-month-old girl.
She has two major surgeries planned for early December that will prevent her from returning to work as a nursing home dietary manager for several months.
The silent auction will feature various gift baskets and gift certificates from local businesses, as well as other items. Hors d’oeuvres will be served by Blackbird Catering. Proceeds from the event will go towards Van Ortwick’s living expenses after surgery. Coordinators hope to raise at least $3,500.
Cash donations for Van Ortwick also can be made at any branch of St. Helens Community Federal Credit Union, under the account: “Help for Angie”. A Give Forward account also has been set-up, which can be accessed by clicking here.
Details: Tracy Oliver, 503-369-0304, or Kevin Walding/George Schmitz, 503-397-3717.
Russell will be at the salon from noon to 5 p.m. on Thursdays, and also is available by appointment. In addition to custom herbal tea blends and Reiki healing, she also sells organic herbs, herbal dream pillows and Crystal Gemstone Jewelry.
3rd Aveneue Salon is at 33611 Columbia Ave. Details/appointments: 503-543-5840.
ST. HELENS — Casey Wheeler is the new interim executive director for Columbia Pacific Food Bank in St. Helens.
Wheeler previously worked as the interim executive director for the Columbia County Economic Team. He was the CEO of St. Helens Community Federal Credit Union, and has served on boards for numerous Columbia County organizations, including the South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Columbia County.
Wheeler also serves as a city council member for the city of Columbia City, and is a business support consultant for Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon for Columbia County.
Columbia Pacific Food Bank is the regional food bank serving qualified agency partners in Vernonia, Scappoose, St. Helens, Rainer and Clatskanie.
ST. HELENS — Work-off some of those holiday treats with a Reindeer Run in St. Helens on Dec. 7.
The fourth annual event is a benefit for Merchants Toy-n-Joy, Columbia Pacific Food Bank, and the St. Helens Police Department reserve officer training program. Races are run/walk and include a 5k, 10k, and half marathon. Awards offered to top three finishers in each age and gender category. Participants get a free race T-shirt and special holiday gift at the finish line. Half marathon finishers receive medals.
Stay warm before and after race time in Columbia River Foursquare Church, 555 Commons Drive, St. Helens. Free massages offered to race participants. Registration required. Volunteers for event also needed.
Details: Shelly McCausland, 503-396-0357, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s autumn in Oregon. The rain has returned, as has anyones chances for being completely dry again until May. This afternoon the sun had a few successful attempts at breaking through the cloud cover, almost as if it were bidding the folks of Columbia County a pleasant farewell until spring.
Daylight savings time begins at midnight, so don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour before you got to bed. It’s also a good time to test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and load them up with fresh batteries if needed. For those of you who host holiday feasts, use the start of fall as an opportunity to go through cooking and baking supplies stored in cupboards and pantries all year to make sure they haven’t expired.
The goal this winter for Beyond the Burbs is to publish as many holiday events as possible offered through December. If you know of any holiday happenings in Columbia County that would be of interest to our community, please feel free to contact us about them.
Beyond the Burbs also has subscribed to receive alerts from several public service agencies so we can efficiently keep our readers updated on school closures, and traffic and weather alerts, as we begin to experience more wintery forecasts. Most of these alerts will be published on our Facebook page. If you haven’t liked us yet, please come find us!
Finally, thank you to all of our readers. We enjoy doing this for you!
The show, written by Debra Brimacombe, Keith Marks and Brian Vaerewyck, includes tours of local haunted spaces in Olde Towne St. Helens with actors portraying spooky characters who share secrets about the town’s peculiar and creepy history.
Performances are at 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. tonight and Saturday, as well as encore performances on Wed, Oct. 30. Each tour is 45-minutes long, and are staged in Plaza Square, located in front of the historic Columbia County Courthouse. General admission is $12 a person.
For details, call 503-366-4406.
Below is a gallery of performances from Oct. 18. Photos courtesy of Shilo George.