‘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.

Maritime Heritage Festival begins Friday in St. Helens

ST. HELENS — A howitzer cannon salute and water parade will kick-off the annual Maritime Heritage Festival on Fri, July 26, in Olde Towne St. Helens.

The free event, which takes place at the City Docks, will be from 2 p.m. to dusk on Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Daily activities include Portland Water Spectacular water skiing demonstrations, Native American art exhibits, historic boat tours, regional food vendors, a festival village, children’s activities and live music shows.

There also will be a street dance Friday evening, followed by a classic car cruise-in and fireworks display on Saturday (fireworks begin at dusk), and a pancake breakfast on Sunday.

Event sponsors include the Maritime Heritage Coalition, St. Helens Tourism Committee, St. Helens Economic Development Corporation (SHEDCO), and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.

For more information, visit the event web site by clicking here, or contact Chris Finks, 503-998-0232, or cfinks@finksinc.com.

2013 Columbia County Fair and Rodeo court

2013 Columbia County Fair and Rodeo court: Queen Savanah Ball (left), princess Savannah Dreyer (right)
2013 Columbia County Fair and Rodeo court queen Savanah Ball (left), and princess Savannah Dreyer (right). Courtesy of Columbia County Fair and Rodeo (2013).

The 2013 Columbia County Fair and Rodeo court includes queen Savanah Ball, and princess Savannah Dreyer. The two young horsewomen have been touring the northwest, representing Columbia County in various parades and at several events, and will be spending much of their time this week at the fairgrounds visiting with fairgoers and participating in rodeo events.

A pageant for the 2014 rodeo court will be held Sat, July 20, starting with a horsemanship competition at 9:30 a.m. Speeches and a royalty reception will follow at 1 p.m. The new court will be announced after 7 p.m. during the NPRA rodeo event.

2013 My Fair Lady court

2013 My Fair Lady court (pictured from left) Joanne Bernard, Ann Mitchell, Marian Smith, Delores Mellinger, and Lesle Ruby. Courtesy of Columbia River PUD (2013).

The 2013 My Fair Lady court includes Joanne Bernard of Rainier, Ann Mitchell of Vernonia, Marian Smith of St. Helens, Delores Mellinger of Clatskanie, and Lesle Ruby of Scappoose. A queen will be announced at 1 p.m. Wed, July 17, during a coronation ceremony at the Columbia County Fair and Rodeo.

The My Fair Lady pageant is held annually to recognize senior women for outstanding service in their community. The pageant is sponsored by the Columbia River Public Utilities District, the Columbia County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, and Northwest Apparel.

To read court biographies, click here.