Fire district announces fall burn period

ST. HELENS — Columbia River Fire & Rescue has announced the fall burn period for residents of their service district in St. Helens, Columbia City, Prescott and Rainer.

Burning will be allowed with a valid permit from Oct. 20 through Nov. 4. Permits, which are free, are good for one year and can be obtained online with a valid e-mail address through the district’s Web site at www.crfr.com, or in-person in their administration offices at 270 Columbia Blvd. in St. Helens.

Permit holders may burn only during authorized times set by the fire district and are required to call the district’s burn line at 503-397-4800 prior to burning to confirm that a ban is not in effect for that day. Those without permits and who burn on non-authorized days may be subject to fines.
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For more information, call the district’s administration offices at 503-397-2990, or e-mail info@crfr.com.

The SCC Chamber Honors Annual Award Winners

Diane Dillard presents Trent Dolyniuk with the award

 

Last night was the Annual Awards Meeting and Banquet at the Columbia City Community Hall. The event was well attended by local business people who were there to network and support those being honored with awards.

Diane Dillard, Board President, conducted the meeting, and Ronda Holdridge was the Mistress of Ceremonies.  Guest speakers included Justin Bush with Les Schwab, Mark Samuel with ORPET and Toby Harris with Fultano’s.  The theme this year “United We Stand, For Growth & Prosperity,” and the hall was decorated in red, white and blue throughout. Blackbird Catering did a marvelous job, as usual, in providing dinner and beverages, and Bart Hafeman did a nice job with pre-meeting entertainment.

 

 

I’d like to offer a big congratulations to the 2012 award recipients:

Blackbird Catering, HF McCormick Award for Business of the Year

Tim Lammers, Swep Morton, Jr Award for Chairman’s Award

Jeff Kemp, Henry Knighton Award for St Helens First Citizen

Julie Stephens, James Grant Watts Award for Scappoose First Citizen

Richard Gochnauer, Outstanding Scappoose Community Club Member

Alan King, Outstanding Kiwanis Club Member

Rosalie Sumsion, St Helens Educator of the Year

Gail Sykes, Scappoose Educator of the Year

 

 


Harvest Festival Fun Comes to Columbia City!

 

A beautiful landmark in Columbia City

Harvest Festival Fun for the whole family this Saturday, October 15th from noon to 5pm at Caples House Museum in Columbia City. Activities to include cider pressing, butter churning, story time, pioneer kids’ games and demonstrations by old-time craftsmen. There will also be a fundraising raffle with dozens of great items.

Admission is free to the Harvest Festival, but for museum tours: $4 for adults and $3 for children 5 and older.

Caples House Museum is located on 1925 First Street in Columbia City, OR.


Rake the Town – Helping seniors one leaf at a time!

 

Fall brings us beautiful orange and yellow leaves in the Pacific Northwest

Do you know of a senior who needs help raking their yard this fall? Well, Rake the Town may come to their rescue! This group of volunteers will set out on November 19th at 11:00 am to rake up the fallen leaves at various seniors’ homes in St. Helens and Scappoose who are in need of assistance. If you know of someone who may need their help, you can contact David Greenleaf at 503-543-0909 or email him at david@greenleaftreerelief.com.

And on the other side of the event is finding volunteers who want to help with the raking. It is a BYOR (bring your own rake) event, so let David know you would like to help and he’ll get everyone coordinated. What a great way to spend some time with your friends and do your good deed for the community!

This event is sponsored by Ace Hardware, Beaver Bark, Greenleaf Tree Relief, Hudson Garbage, Paulson Printing and Ticor Title.

Come on…jump in!

 


Surprise snow hits Columbia City in March!

The litle flowers shiver in the snow
Surprise snow covers up spring flowers

Many of us from the Columbia County area get very excited over the threat of snow. The weather forecasters often alert us days in advance, only to find that it is a nonevent and we are merely left with rain or maybe a slight dusting of snow. This past week, we were all watching in anticipation of a big storm that really didn’t appear. Then when we were ready to put that cold weather behind us and move towards spring, we were greatly surprised when we had a snowy couple of days starting on March 1st. The interesting part was that Scappoose barely saw more than a few flakes, yet further north in Columbia City we had 2-3 inches. That may not seem like much to those in snowier climates, but to us, it was fun! Schools were cancelled and the kids got a day to play.

As fun as it was for those brief few days, I think we’re all ready to move forward and be blessed with a little sunny, warmer weather and bright flowers in our gardens. Unfortunately, we have just a few more days of rain ahead in order to make those flowers grow! That’s what makes this wonderful area so beautiful!