Faces, places & happenings of Columbia County

Business Bits: Local Business Woman Leading the Way

Photo Courtsey of Facebook

Scappoose, OR – Local businesswoman, Jessica Hansen runs two businesses in Columbia County.  She works as a freelancer, a business coach, for The System Magician & opened a nonprofit, Jubilee Collaborative a few months ago at 52555 Columbia River Highway, Scappoose, OR.  Many businesswomen have more than one business so that’s not what makes her unique.  She’s unique because she has started two of the larger growing segments of business that aren’t just trends but are here to stay and expand such as freelancer & co-working space which both complement one another.  She coaches business owners to reach their goals and streamline processes and opened the first co-working space in Columbia County.

Jessica has a corporate background making an easy transition to coaching small businesses owners.  She set up Jubilee Collective, co-working and events rental space, as a nonprofit to keep the rates for office space affordable for those who work virtually.   So many people meet in restaurants and coffee shops, co-working provides a different but similar environment with amenities.   You’ll find many events happening at  Jubilee Collective follow their calendar to stay up to date such as Saturday Market, local workshops, classes and they have a fundraiser coming up on August 25th for Sseko Designs Fundraiser with a Purpose.

Jessica shared she decided to open the co-working space because “Jubilee Collective is a place for all people to teach and learn anything they want.  It’s been missing in our community.  There’s also a need for office space that’s affordable and flexible for a new generation of virtual workers.  Jubilee Collective is a resource for people starting and growing small businesses, unlike anything else in Columbia County.”

Co-working is a trend that is here to stay according to Entrepreneur.com.  It offers the perks of an office while sharing the power of working with others and dividing office expenses helping to put more dollars back into a business owner’s pocket.  “Freelance workforce growth is accelerating and has outpaced overall U.S. workforce growth by 3x since 2014.  Work is changing rapidly, FIA (Freelancing In America)  finds, due to the impacts of automation, and freelancers are better equipped for the future due to more frequent reskilling.”  www.upwork.com.

Jessica focuses on long-term goals and how to get there.   She is often ahead of the curve leading the way.   Help me welcome her to Columbia County.  You can follow her on her business Facebook pages The Systems Magician and Jubilee Collective.

 

 

 


Columbia County Fair & Rodeo

Columbia County, OR –  Columbia County Fair & Rodeo is an annual tradition here in Columbia County.   This year marks the 103rd year for the Columbia County Fair & Rodeo.  Attending the fair provides you and your family with many opportunities for fun and a chance to see your neighbors.  You will be able to experience the Warren Grange Farm Museum, Master Gardeners Gardens, carnival rides and food, Open Exhibits that include art, canning, baked goods, floral arrangements and more, 4-H Animals demonstrations and the Youth Livestock Auction, local vendors, a plant sale, free family-friendly entertainment, a beer garden for 21 & Older, and so much more.   The Columbia County Fair & Rodeo has plenty of events to fascinate everyone in your family.

Wednesday 18th at noon marks the start of the Fair with events thru 5:00 PM on Sunday 22nd.  A few of the daily highlights include:

Wednesday 18th invites Seniors/Veterans to attend for FREE.  RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) is hosting a luncheon to recognize senior volunteers followed by My Fair Lady Padget at 1:00 Pm.  Stay around to enjoy live music by local band The Decades from 5:00 PM-7:00 PM.   You can entertain kids by learning about parrot species in a fun-filled, and entertaining pirate-themed show at The Pirates Parrot Show!  Jeff Evans makes events fun and unforgettable with his interactive magic.  View detailed schedule online.

Thursday 19th is Junior Rodeo/Kids Day this means free fair entrance until 3:00 PM.  Hit Machine, a local favorite band, performs from 3:00-6:00 PM.   Jeff Evans makes events fun and unforgettable with his interactive magic.  Buck Trout drives around in his little truck, his zany antics and comical stories always make a lasting impression that brings smiles and laughter to children of all ages!  Plus, a pie eating contest at 2:00 PM stick around to see The Junior Rodeo which starts at 6:00 PM.  

Friday & Saturday  – Kick off your weekend with the National Professional Rodeo Association (NPRA) Rodeo Friday & Saturday night. Live music includes Brewers Grade delivers a set list that is always fresh, built around the latest Country material as well as covers for classic and outlaw country and  country sensation, Showdown.

Saturday & Sunday – Straight Up Racing’s Monster Truck show Saturday & Sunday at this years Columbia County Fair & Rodeo! Go on a ride in a monster truck before the show starts!! Admission is $20 for adult, $15 Senior/Veterans & Kids 7-17, 6 & under are free!  Fair is done at 5:00 PM.

To stay up to date, please follow the Columbia County Fair & Rodeo Facebook page and get your tickets ahead of time on their website.  You can get more information about specifics from the Columbia County Fair & Rodeo:  4-H Exhibit Information, Open Exhibits, and  Columbia County Youth Livestock. 

See you at the Fair.  #BeyondtheBurbs #fair #carnival#traditions #columbiaocountyor #shoplocal #carnivalfood #4H


Farm to Table Cooking Class

Deer Island, OR – It’s new to Columbia County.  It’s a twist on the Farm to Table concept trendy in the restaurants but different.  It’s a farm tour, a cooking class, and then eating! It’s called “Good Farm- Good Eats” a new event happening here in Columbia County on April 14th at Canaan Hill Farm, 33219 Canaan Road, Deer Island, Oregon 97054 from 1:00-2:30 PM.  You can purchase tickets directly on the website Eventbrite.   At this event, you’ll be cooking with the food at the farm after you have met the farmer.

Photo Lindsey Jones, RD – Photo Credit Facebook Page

Lindsey Jones, RD (Registered & Licensed Dietitian since 2006) has been cooking with individuals to help them on their wellness journey or in groups since she opened her private practice, One on One Good Easts in 2014.

Lindsey loves to share nutrition information with kids and adults alike.  In 2017,  she partnered with St Helens Community Credit to promote a project called “Going Green” promoting Budgets & Wellness with her emphasis on presenting the importance of nutrition to local businesses, teachers & administrators in our schools.   Lindsey loves to teach nutrition.  She believes, “So many people have become disconnected from their bodies and minds- how they function, and the role that food and nutrition play in that.  I love teaching people how to create healthy minds and bodies.”

This year she is sharing a new experience with a local business while Farm to Table is popular in restaurants a close partner, agri-tourism is popping up in rural areas to promote tourism.  As defined by Wikipedia, Agritourism or agrotourism, as it is defined most broadly, involves any agriculturally-based operation or activity that brings visitors to a farm or ranch.     Canaan Hill Farm owners, Pat & Jeannie Schenk approached Lindsey about cooking on their farm.   This is the first agritourism kick-off event to start as more “Good Farm-Good Eats” events will happen during the growing season.   Lindsey wanted to partner with a local farm because, “Connecting people with the farmers and with local food that is grown and raised in a sustainable and responsible way, is vital to promoting thriving and sustainable food systems.”   People want to know where their food comes from and with the close proximity to farms, we have fresh produce and opportunities in our backyards & surrounding communities here in Columbia County.

You still have some time to sign up for the new class but do it soon her classes tend to sell out.  Going up to the farm shows you what is in season now for early spring and why you want to eat the types of fresh produce this time of year.  You will be given handouts and recipes along with nutrition education.  Both Canaan Hill Farm &  Ferreira Family Farms will  have their produce for sale the day of the events.  Follow Lindsey on her social media outlets such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or find her on her website to stay up to date on her nutrition classes, nutrition tidbits and more!  #healthyeating #cookingclasses #canaanfarms #ferreirafamilyfarms #agritourismcc #farming


Oldest Photo of Oregon Senate Donated by Your Neighbor

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


A Growing Art Scene

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.

 

#artincolumbiacounty


Business Bits: Columbia City Friendship House

 

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

Photo Courtsey of the Columbia City Friendship House FB Page

July Staycation Fun

Columbia County, OR –   A small community is your community. When you attend events, you meet your neighbors and contribute to the character of your communities.  Nonprofits put on events to preserve traditions and showcase local history for when families who grew up here come “home” for the 4th of July or those visiting get to enjoy the small town atmosphere.  If you ask someone why they live in a small town, some will reply, “the opportunity to get involved.”  Maybe it’s just meeting your neighbors or volunteering but your participation can shape your community. The best time to participate is around the 4th of July to celebrate our Independence.

If you haven’t made plans, you might want to consider staying local.  Columbia County has lots of family friendly events and fireworks shows.  Looking for a logging show?  live music?  ice cream eating contest or talent show? parade?  Check out the variety of fun activities for all to enjoy.

Clatskanie

June 30th – 4th  Clatskanie Heritage Days &  Fireworks

Highlights July 3rd – The 234th Army Band – General Discord – Free Concert at 7:00 PM hosted by Clatskanie Cultural Arts

Photo Courtsey Clatskanie Chamber of Commerce FB page

July 4th – The parade starts at 11:00 with an 11:10 Fly over by  Oregon 142nd Fighter Wing Flyover on July 4th.  Youth & Professional  Logging Show

St. Helens

July 1st- July 4th   St HelaPalooza & Fireworks

Highlights- July 1st- July 4th Live Music with a variety of bands.  Local music sensation Hit Machine plays on the 4th of July before the Fireworks from 8-10 at Columbia View Park.  Tailgate or camp down at the waterfront.  Check out www.discovercolumbiacounty.com for more details.

Scappoose

4th of July – Fire Fighters Pancake Breakfast

Vernonia

4th of July – – Great American Bash & Fireworks

Highlights4 Bands & Performances, Vendors, Parade and more.

 Rainier

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

 

 


Meet Carleen, She knows Fitness!

Carleen Mathews Photo Courtsey of CrossFit, Inc.
Photo Courtsey of CrossFit St. Helens Facebook Page

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.

Photo courtesy TeamCarleen Instagram

#crossfit #physicalfitness #sthelensor #crossfitsthelens

 

 


Business Bits: FinishLine Graphics

Color Charts are Fun. Celeste Hardesty, FLG.

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.

Celeste’s Race Car. Photo Courtsey FLG.

Stop by FLG and follow them on Facebook. #racing #carwraps #decals #FLGgrahics #flgwrap #customapparel #racingdesigns

 


Join the 9th Annual Race Against Child Abuse

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

 

 


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