Columbia Pacific Food Bank hires interim executive director

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.


‘Reindeer Run’ benefits local charities Dec. 7

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 smac165@yahoo.com.


Daylight savings, fall reminders, and… a big thank you!

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A sign that autumn has returned to Columbia County. Gone is the unusually dry and warm summer that lasted well into October. In it’s place are overcast skies, occasional 12-second sun breaks, and rain boots and umbrellas. This photo shot today from a horse farm in Warren just after a large downpour.

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!


Final shows this weekend for St. Helens Haunted Tours; plus encore performances Oct. 30

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Photo courtesy of Shilo George

ST. HELENS — There is still time to catch a performance of the ShoeString Community Players production of St. Helens Haunted Tours.

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.

Limited pre-sale tickets are available for purchase at Bertucci’s in St. Helens, or through the theater’s web site at www.sscpmusicals.com.

For details, call 503-366-4406.

Below is a gallery of performances from Oct. 18. Photos courtesy of Shilo George.


Warren horsemanship school hosts benefit on Saturday; proceeds go toward riding programs for disabled and at-risk youth

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Columbia County musician Stevi Marie and band Jackson Road will perform on Saturday during the Sande School of Horsemanship “Boot Scootin’ Benefit”.
Photo courtesy of www.SteviMarieMusic.com.

WARREN — Sande School of Horsemanship will host their Boot Scootin’ Benefit on Sat, Oct. 5, to raise money for scholarship programs for low-income and disabled students, and to launch a mentorship program that will support at-risk youth in community.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction at Sande Performance Horses at 33836 Bennet Road, Warren. A formal program and dinner will follow at 6:30 p.m., along with line dancing lessons at 7:30 p.m., and a barn fire and dance at 8 p.m.

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Kassi Euwer, instructor at Sande School of Horsemanship, gives tips to a rider during a group lesson.

Live music will be performed by country artist Stevi Marie and Jackson Road. Line dancing lessons will be given by instructor Rockin’ Rhonda. Western attire is encouraged.

Tickets are $35 a person. Children ages 10 and younger are $25; ages 2 and younger are free. A kids-only horse shoe tournament also will be offered during cocktail hour.

Tickets must be purchased in advance. For online ticket sales, visit the Boot Scootin’ Benefit page at www.sandeschoolofhorsemanship.org, or call Kassi Euwer, 503-369-3008, or e-mail info@sandeschoolofhorsemanship.org.

Sande School of Horsemanship is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.


‘American Restoration’ business passes through Columbia County

A "Rick's Restorations" van was spotted today in St. Helens. The company is featured on the History Channel's hit show "American Restorations" with Rick Dale.
A “Rick’s Restorations” van was spotted today in St. Helens. The company is featured on the History Channel’s hit show “American Restorations” with Rick Dale.

Update Wed, Aug. 14, 2013 at 10:20 a.m.: A representative from Rick’s Restorations responded to our request for information via their official Facebook fan page. Rick’s brother, Ron Dale, is “out pickin” in Columbia County. To learn more about Ron, visit the company’s bio page by clicking here.

ST. HELENS — Folks may have noticed the “Rick’s Restorations” van today roaming around Columbia County. The Las Vegas company is featured in the History Channel’s hit show “American Restorations”, which stars restoration expert Rick Dale.

We have contacted the company to find out what their plans are while visiting the area (the truck pictured is on Columbia Boulevard, in front of Sunshine Pizza). In response to posts on their fan page, it appears that someone from their crew is roaming through the northwest looking for honey holes to pick.

We will update if we hear anything more.

 


Vernonia weekend jamboree offers music, logging competitions… and Elvis

VERNONIA — Time to sharpen your axes and polish your steel-toed boots for the 57th annual Vernonia Friendship Jamboree and Logging Show.

The free event is Friday through Sunday, Aug. 2-4,  in downtown Vernonia. Most activities take place on Madison Avenue and Bridge Street; however, numerous other activities are also planned throughout town.

The schedule includes:

Friday: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., beer garden; noon, info booth, food and craft vendors, kids’ carnival, Black Powder Encampment; 4 p.m., softball tournament (Greenman Field), open air market, Izaak Walton Fishing Derby (Vernonia Lake), Friends of the Vernonia Public Library book sale; 9 to 11:30 p.m., Zack Rumbolz Memorial Dance.

Saturday: All day, info booth, food and craft vendors, kids’ carnival, Black Powder Encaptment, softball tournament, Friends of Vernonia Public Library book sale, Toy and Joy donation booth; 7 to 11 a.m., pancake breakfast; 8 a.m., parade registration; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., petting zoo; 11 a.m., parade (on Bridge Street); 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., beer garden; noon, Erik Kesterson Memorial Motorcycle Show Jamboree Cruise-in; 1 to 6 p.m., Music at the Shay (Shay Park), “Give Back Bash” Elvis tribute featuring Justin Shandor (Vernonia High School commons; alumni gathering will follow); 3 p.m., lawn mower races.

Sunday: All day, info booth, food and craft vendors, kids’ carnival, softball tournament, Black Powder Encampment; 7 a.m., third annual fire and rescue golf tournament (Vernonia Golf Course); 7 to 11 a.m., pancake breakfast; 8 a.m., Ridge Riders play day; 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., beer garden; noon to 4 p.m., 55th annual Vernonia Jamboree Logging Show.

Details: Visit the event page on Facebook by clicking here, or call Joan Glass at 503-429-5291, or e-mail glasshome@frontier.com.


Developmental disabilities program marks service milestone with barbecue

Rainier — The Developmental Disabilities Program at Columbia Community Mental Health will celebrate 40 years of service during their 8th annual barbecue in Trojan Park on Thu, Aug. 1.

The free event, which features a Hawaiian theme, is for clients, families, providers, advocates and staff of the program. Festivities begin at 11:30 a.m. with food, beverages and desserts served in the south area of the park.

Activities and entertainment for all ages will follow, including music, goofy games and tattoos. Attendees also will receive a free lei. Hawaiian attire is encouraged.

The event will go until 1:30 p.m.

RSVP to Hanna Ward (up until the day of the event) by calling 503-438-2223, or e-mailing hannahh@ccmh1.com.


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‘Raise the Roof’ benefit concert tonight in Scappoose

Courtesy of Bartholomew Productions (www.bartpro.com)
Courtesy of Bartholomew Productions (www.bartpro.com)

SCAPPOOSE — Bart Hafeman and friends will perform during the “Raise the Roof” benefit concert tonight in the gazebo at Heritage Park.

The family-friendly event, sponsored by the Scappoose Historical Society, will be from 5-8 p.m. There will be food vendors and merchant booths, as well as a beer garden hosted by the St. Helens Elk’s Lodge. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. No outside alcohol is allowed.

The purpose of the event is to raise money to replace the roof on the historic Watts House Pioneer Museum. Admission is free; however, donations for the project will be accepted.

Information: click here, or call 503-961-5621, or e-mail barb@scappoosehistoricalsociety.vpweb.com.