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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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
NAMI Columbia County Walkers
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!

 


“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.

 


Lewis and Clark secretary awarded school employee of the year

Lewis and Clark Elementary head secretary Jeanette Sessions learned on May 8 that she had been selected as the Oregon Schools Employee Associaton employee of the year for 2014. Photo courtesy of OSEA.
Lewis and Clark Elementary head secretary Jeanette Sessions learned on May 8 that she was the Oregon Schools Employee Association employee of the year for 2014. Photo courtesy of OSEA.

ST. HELENS — Jeanette Sessions, a 24-year veteran of the St. Helens School District, has been chosen as the Oregon Schools Employees Association employee of the year.

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.

 


Slingin’ sauces at Kuy’s Oriental Cuisine

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Kuy Kao fills several glass jars with her homemade Cambodian peanut sauce in her kitchen at Kuy’s Oriental Cuisine in St. Helens. Photo by Rathana Soenneker

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.


Silent auction to benefit St. Helens cancer patient

1466112_10202447444328373_36114392_nST. 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.


Herbal tea maker returns to Scappoose salon

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Photo courtesy of The Owl and Raven

 

SCAPPOOSE — Anjeanette Russell of The Owl and Raven has returned to 3rd Avenue Salon with her custom herbal tea blends and Reiki energy healing services.

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.

 

 


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.