St. Helens, OR – On March 3rd, during the 2018 Oregon Legislative Session in Salem, Senator Betsy Johnson presented the Oregon Senate with the oldest photo of the Senate and showed members of the 12th Bi-Annual 1882 Oregon Senate. Local resident Diane Kruggel Dillard recently found this heirloom photo and wanted to share it with the Oregon Senate.
The Dillard family has a long history of public service in Columbia County. The photo was the property of William Barclay Dillard married to Susan Holcomb Dillard, and who were early residents of St. Helens. William Barclay worked as a Columbia County District Attorney and his wife was the first postmistress and later head librarian. They had two sons, William Walden and James Mason. Walden, like his father, served as County District Attorney while James Mason was appointed Federal District Attorney. The Dillard family had two sons, Max W. “Sandy” Dillard and Carl Dillard.
Diane Dillard married Sandy in 1964. Sandy served as a County Commissioner for Columbia County. Diane served as Communications Manager for Boise Cascade and retired after 44 years of service. She donated her time to many worthy causes including, Columbia Rural Fire District, United Way, CASA, Chamber of Commerce, Sacagawea and Chance to Become Scholarship. Diane, a widow, is still a strong supporter of Columbia County.
To view the official state recording from the Senate website, go to Dillard Senate Presentation
Columbia County- Thanks to the Columbia Arts Guild, 2018 brings many opportunities for Artists and Art Enthusiasts alike. The Columbia Arts Guild (CAG) has accomplished big things in just a few years for local artists. This group of committed and talented volunteers continues to work together to bring more to the table in 2018 for our communities. In 2017, the group became an official 501(c) 3 and fundraised to build a secure cabinet to display art at the St Helens Public Library. You can find more about their group on their website
Columbia Arts Guild is connecting like-minded artists with one another by creating together, hosting a countywide art competition, a community art project and a celebration with hands-on art. A little something for everyone. Here are more specifics about the upcoming CAG events and ways you can get involved:
- Art Happening- Paint the Town. Weekly group of artists that meet on Thursdays at 10:00 AM in the hallway of the Columbia Learning Center. The goal is for the artist to Bring Your Own Art (BYOA), work on your project, get advice, share information, listen or join the Urban Sketchers as they go out to Paint the Town!
- CAG Virtual Arts Competition will run until Dec 31st, 2018. The competition is called Adventure & Art in Columbia County. To enter go to their Facebook paged upload your submission photo in the album. Competition is open to all Columbia County residents. Basic guidelines, you can enter as many times in as many categories as you want. Open to all mediums. Judging will be in January 2019, people’s choice awards will be chosen by a number of likes on the Facebook post with people’s choice. The competition is for the I LOVE Columbia County Book will be created with winners published by December 2019 available on Amazon in 2020. The I LOVE Columbia County book proceeds will go to further Art Opportunities in Columbia County through the Columbia Arts Guild.
- “This is Us” St. Helens is a Community Art Project. During the next several months the CAG will be hosting “This Is Us” paint events throughout the St. Helens area. Paint events are the opportunity for you and your group of 10 or more to take part in this project. They provide everything you need to paint your house and participate. CAG will keep all the painted, signed houses created by the community so that we may assemble them into one large piece of community art. Everyone can create/paint one house to represent themselves in our diverse community. You can even take a picture of your house and share it on this page. Call or text Joan@5033691081 to schedule a paint event.
- Spring Walk Into Art is in its 3rd year to Celebrate the Arts! It has a Professional Art Show, Youth Art Show, Music, Dancing, Open Mic, Book Signing, Culinary Art, Hands on Art and more! Save the date for May 5th at Columbia Learning Center, 375 S 18th St, Saint Helens, Oregon 97051.
Columbia City, OR – The Columbia City Friendship House is newly open to serve as an Adult Foster Home for seniors. Their caring and professional staff offers long term, hospice & adult day care services while helping adults preserve their independence and dignity.
The Friendship House is located in a peaceful neighborhood at 1955 2nd Street in Columbia City, OR. They have five comfortable bedrooms, three baths, two dining halls, and a spacious living area in this 6,000t square foot house. The Friendship House is ready to serve your senior adult in your life with nutritious home cooked food, activities such as puzzles, games and more, space for visiting and crafts, and calming rooms each equipped with cable TV.
Want a tour? Call Columbia City Friendship House at 503-366-7981 for more information or a tour. For more details, go to their website and follow their Facebook Page. #senioradultfostercare #seniorcare #columbiacityseniors #columbiacountyseniors #hospice #longtermcare #adultdaycare #columbiacityor
4th of July – Fire Fighters Pancake Breakfast
4th of July – – Great American Bash & Fireworks
Highlights– 4 Bands & Performances, Vendors, Parade and more.
7th, 8th & 9th – Rainier Days in the Park Includes Fireworks
Highlights – 7th, 8th & 9th – Rainier Historical Museum Soft Opening, Carnival Rides & so much more!
Thank you for supporting local events. Have a fun July in your community. Enjoy your small towns! #festivals #fireworks #familyfriendly #vendors #artisans
St. Helens, OR- Have you met Carleen Mathews? She’s not your typical business owner and owning a CrossFit business isn’t typical. One could say Carleen has CrossFit in her blood. She has always loved competitive sports, playing softball in college. She worked hard to get scholarships, graduating with a degree in Inter-Disciplinary Studies from Concordia University. When asked why she loves to compete, Carleen shared, “I love the challenge of making myself better every day! I always say, once it’s easy or I’m not improving there will be no reason for me to continue. That’s the amazing thing about this sport, it constantly pushes me to be better every day! I get to see what I’m capable of and then improve that!”
Competing and CrossFit go hand in hand. What is CrossFit? CrossFit is a type of exercise that consists of a daily class in four parts: Warm-up, Skill, Workout of the Day and Cooldown. CrossFit offers a variety of classes for groups , such as for 12-17, and any skill set can join. CrossFit is a long-term physical development that promotes health and well-being.
In 2010, when Carleen tried CrossFit, she was hooked. During her 1st year, she found herself competing in the local CrossFit games. For the past six years, she has competed at Regionals, and at the CrossFit Games the last two years. Carleen has many impressive accomplishments at the age of 33 such as:
2012 NW Regionals 18th Place
2013 NW Regionals 9th Place
2014 NW Regionals 4th Place
2015 2nd Place West Coast Regionals & 36th at CrossFit Games
2016 Fittest in Northwest, NW Regionals 1st & 23rd at CrossFit Games
2017 Fittest in Northwest- More to be determined with upcoming Regionals June 2-4th at the Expo Center in Portland. The Top 5 will move forward to compete at the CrossFit Games the first week in August in Madison, Wisconsin Please follow along on the Crossfit Reader board to cheer Carleen on at Regionals.
When Carleen isn’t training to compete, she loves to train and coach. Carleen shared, “We took over the CrossFit gym because my coach had previously owned it and I was coaching out here full time. When they decided they wanted to focus more on their other business, my coach offered for me to take over the gym. The community out here is the best part about owning the gym. I couldn’t leave them and wanted to continue to work with this community. The main reason we took over was the community. I never imagined myself owning my own gym. I love CrossFit and I love competing but it was never on my long term goals to own my own gym. But when the opportunity came up and I thought about leaving this community I couldn’t say no.”
When asked what her biggest challenge was for training she replied, “There are so many challenging parts to owning a business and training for the Games. It is my full-time job training for the Games, so I think balance is one of the hardest things because I need to balance my training, business, marriage, relationships etc. I am also training a lot alone and that has been very challenging.”
Anyone can take classes at CrossFit St. Helens – view schedule on their website. You can keep up with her events and coaching tips on their Facebook page @CrossFitStHelens. You can even google Carleen. She has been featured in several fitness magazines, on Instagram, Blogs and more. She is a local hero to many, especially those who work out in her classes. Help us cheer her on in the upcoming 2017 Regional CrossFit Games on June 2nd- 2017 in Portland. If you are downtown St Helens, you might just spy her training outside of her location.
#crossfit #physicalfitness #sthelensor #crossfitsthelens
Scappoose, OR – Have you met Celeste Hardesty? She’s not your typical business owner and FinishLine Graphics (FLG) isn’t your typical business. Celeste Hardesty and her husband Todd started their first business in 2011 called Todd Hardesty Fabrication metal fab and cut vinyl. FLG business has expanded under the parent company Finish Line Technologies as their graphics business has exploded. In February 2017, the business moved to Scappoose as they simply outgrew their space. FLG located at 53303 Columbia River Hwy specializes in branding and marketing. They can create graphics, signs, printing, custom apparel, customized products and more. They can also wrap anything from cars to boats, stairs and more.
Once you meet Celeste you can tell she’s not like all the other business owners. She has Racing in her blood and it runs in her family. Celeste has both a passion for racing and a passion for design. When not working, Celeste likes to spend her spare time on the race track. She currently drives a Dirt Late Model Car. If you ask Celeste, she will proudly tell you, “I started racing when I was 5 years old sitting on my dad’s lap of an old Jeep. I raced jeeps and off-road vehicles until my family started Mud Drag Racing with the monster trucks when they 1st started. I got to grow up around Grave Digger and Big Foot when they 1st started.” She explained, “My parents met racing, so I have been in and around it forever. My dad built a special seat in the jeep for me as a newborn to go with on all the relay races. But I got behind the wheel officially when I was 5, racing barrels in our jeep.” Celeste also shared that her mom was bad @ss too. She was the 1st female mud drag racer on ESPN and one of the 1st female mud drag racers to compete in King Dome.” You could say racing is in her blood.
Celeste described how she graduated from one racing level to another, “When I went to college I met my husband Todd and he introduced me to dirt circle track racing. He bought me my first dirt car which I raced at River City Speedway in St. Helens in the Women’s division. After a few years, I finally got my championship and stepped up to run with the Sportsman division. My 1st race with “the boys” as I called it (but there were women competing) I ended up winning. The best part of it all was the fact that my husband had taught me over the years how to work on my car. He had required me to do it all if I wanted to race. So that win meant more to me than anything! I sold that car a few years ago and purchased a Dirt Late Model, which races throughout the tracks here in Oregon. I finished 3rd in points last year and now have my eye set on getting into a Dirt IMCA Modified. With my crew chief, Shawn Etheredge, helping me both last year and this year…. I look forward to the challenge of a very male dominant sport.”
The Racing Season started mid-April. Celeste is getting excited to get on the track, “but unfortunately my motor program (dad still builds my motors) is a bit behind this year due to the business taking a lot of my time and energy. I hope to have my Late Model motor back by the end of April to start running at Sunset Speedway, Willamette Speedway, and Cottage Grove. Our FinishLine facebook page will announce when the FLG car will be running, but since I am not running for points this year my schedule will be more sporadic with a bit of “let’s go have fun” attitude behind it.”
When she’s not racing, she’s helping her clients. Her racing clients bring their cars to get decals from all over Oregon. She can design and wrap just about anything from a car to a staircase. She can work with businesses or families on promotional products where she can print on just about anything creating the perfect customized gift for your clients or loved ones.
Stop by FLG and follow them on Facebook. #racing #carwraps #decals #FLGgrahics #flgwrap #customapparel #racingdesigns
St. Helens, OR – Established in 2000 as a 501(c) nonprofit, the Amani Center is a community-based assessment & treatment services center, that helps children who have been abused in a child-friendly setting to minimize trauma and raise awareness against child abuse. Every year since 2009, they have held a walk to promote Child Abuse Awareness in our communities as well as a fundraiser for the organization. This year marks the 9th Annual Race which you can support our children in our community by participating in a 5k, 10k or Half Marathon or if you’re not a runner join the 1 mile Walk on April 22nd, 2017.
Beth Pulito, Development Director, shared why this race is so important for Columbia County. Beth said, “Although this is an annual race, just recently we have been trying to consistently hold in in April, which is the National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This race gives us an opportunity to raise necessary funds to provide forensic interviews and medical evaluations to children of Columbia County suspected of abuse or neglect. It’s an event that allows participation and support from all ages and all levels of fitness, with distances from our 1 Mile Family Fun Walk to a beautiful and challenging Half Marathon. We have great volunteers who assist us in many facets of the event, supportive vendors who make our event run smoothly and fabulous sponsors and participants who see the value in supporting our mission and the children we serve. We see amazing growth potential for this event in the future and look forward to participants and partners collaboration to continue and evolve a long-standing race in Columbia County.’
It’s not too late to register. Go to https://raceagainstchildabusehalfmarathon.itsyourrace.com/register/ use the promo code special for a discount. Stay in touch as another race is in the works for July in Clatskanie. Stay tuned on their FB page for more details #familyfriendlyfun #childabuseawareness #columbiacounty #halfmarathon #walk #fundraiser
Columbia County, OR- Columbia County has a habit of celebrating Earth Day with several clean ups in our communities. This year they are scheduled on Saturday, April 22nd. You can get involved by volunteering, cleaning up your property or even donating new and gently used residential building materials, home furnishing supplies.
Organizations like SHEDCO (St Helens Economic Development Corporation) have partnered with SOLVE Oregon to help make our community a beautiful place to live. In rural communities like ours, it takes a group of volunteers working together to make a difference. You can get involved by registering at http://www.solveoregon.org/get-involved/events/shedco%E2%80%99s-4th-annual-spring-cleanup. The 4th Annual SHEDCO Clean Up starts down at the Courthouse Plaza in St.Helens from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. Some of the volunteer tasks include picking weeds, trash pickup, sweeping, and flower planting. Volunteers are encouraged to bring a few tools and gloves if they have them. You can volunteer for an hour or two. You decide. There will also be fun activities for kids like face painting and free pumpkin starts while supplies last. Light snacks and beverages will be provided after the work is done to celebrate Earth Day.
Citizens are also encouraged to bring their unwanted items, yard debris, scrap metal, appliances and more see the flyer below for details for Spring Clean Up. You can also bring your new and gently used residential building materials, appliances, fixtures, and home furnishing picked up by local nonprofit Habitat for Humanity at three convenient locations: St. Helens High School, Scappoose High School, and Columbia City school. Drake’s Towing & Recovery is available for FREE Removal of your scrap vehicles, Call Ryan 503-438-6099.
This is your community. Local citizens are encouraged to help pitch in to make their community a cleaner place. Thanks for getting involved and celebrating Earth Day bycleaning up your local communities. #earthday #springclean #columbiacounty #hereincc
St. Helens, OR – Food and Art. Art and Food. No matter how you say it, Food and Art is an excellent combination. Add raising funds to help fight hunger and the event has elevated to a can’t be missed evening out called Empty Bowls. Empty Bowls is a fundraiser for Columbia Pacific Food Bank and its right around the corner on April 7th from 5:00 -7:00 PM at the McBride School Cafeteria in St. Helens.
What makes Empty Bowls so much fun? You get to pick out your bowl. It’s handmade pottery created by local retired teacher, Pat Brame. Oh, and he has friends that help him as well. Pat also sells his pottery at the event donating 25 % proceeds back to the food bank. Pat has been involved over the past 11 years, since the beginning of Empty Bowls. Then you get to pick out your soup. The eating part is pretty yummy thanks to local restaurants who donate the food. The Ridge Runners provide live music for entertainment.
Casey Wheeler, Executive Director for Columbia Pacific Food Bank, wants the community to know, ” The purpose of this event is to help people understand what food insecure families face in our community. Often they only have soup, bread and some water for dinner (if they are lucky). Often the parents do not eat so the children have something to eat.” Casey mentioned his favorite part of the event is ” Having the St. Helens Middle School Honor Society adopt this as one of their community service projects. They develop the theme, decorations, set-up the venue, serve food and drinks, clean up and help put everything away. Also, watching the interaction of people as they eat and pick out their bowls.”
This fundraiser is a ticketed event. You can purchase your tickets for $10.00 each at many local businesses such as Bertucci’s, Sunsations, Grocery Outlet and Scappoose Bagel. They have been known to sell out so don’t wait if you want to go. See you there!
Follow Columbia Pacific Food Bank Facebook page to stay up to date. #fighthunger #communityfun #art #food #columbiacounty #columbiapacificfoodbank