13 Nights on the River to Start June 4th

St. Helens, OR-  June 4th marks the start of the 11th Season of 13 Nights on the River at Columbia Park in St. Helens.

If you haven’t been, your in for a treat. The St. Helens Community Foundation along with sponsors Columbia River PUD, Dyno Nobel, Ace Hardware, Port of St. Helens, Columbia River Funeral & Cremation, & Taylor Resolution Dispute support 13 Nights on the River which coordinates music for the community on Thursday nights along with an open air market.

The Open Air Market has a variety of food, crafts and product vendors starting from 3:00-6:00 PM.  For the adults there is a beer garden.  For the kids, a playground.  For all, live music.

Weekly performances will continue from 6 to 9 PM Thursdays through Aug. 27th. Admission is free but please donate generously.  You might want to come early as many residents across Columbia County attend, so you might even run into an old friend or two.

Follow 13 Nights on the River on Facebook.

Check out their schedule:

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To read more about each band, go to 13 Nights on the River band information.

 

 


Gallery: Snowpocalypse Columbia County 2014

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Photo by Krystal Kuckenbaker

It’s not often we get blasted with copious amounts of snow here in Columbia County. Maybe every few years or so, if we’re lucky (or not, depending on your feelings about the white stuff). But, when we do, we really know how to make the best of it. The following gallery is a collection of images submitted by readers of Beyond the Burbs, and others we begged to share their experiences with us through photography. Enjoy the snow, stay warm, and be safe!

*UPDATED Sat, Feb. 8, 2014

 


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.


Daylight savings, fall reminders, and… a big thank you!

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A sign that autumn has returned to Columbia County. Gone is the unusually dry and warm summer that lasted well into October. In it’s place are overcast skies, occasional 12-second sun breaks, and rain boots and umbrellas. This photo shot today from a horse farm in Warren just after a large downpour.

It’s autumn in Oregon. The rain has returned, as has anyones chances for being completely dry again until May. This afternoon the sun had a few successful attempts at breaking through the cloud cover, almost as if it were bidding the folks of Columbia County a pleasant farewell until spring.

Daylight savings time begins at midnight, so don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour before you got to bed. It’s also a good time to test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and load them up with fresh batteries if needed. For those of you who host holiday feasts, use the start of fall as an opportunity to go through cooking and baking supplies stored in cupboards and pantries all year to make sure they haven’t expired.

The goal this winter for Beyond the Burbs is to publish as many holiday events as possible offered through December. If you know of any holiday happenings in Columbia County that would be of interest to our community, please feel free to contact us about them.

Beyond the Burbs also has subscribed to receive alerts from several public service agencies so we can efficiently keep our readers updated on school closures, and traffic and weather alerts, as we begin to experience more wintery forecasts. Most of these alerts will be published on our Facebook page. If you haven’t liked us yet, please come find us!

Finally, thank you to all of our readers. We enjoy doing this for you!


Christmas Ships return to Columbia County this weekend

The 58th annual parade of Christmas Ships will visit Columbia County on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8-9.

The first run will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Ships will assemble at the St. Helens City Docks and sail down the Columbia River to Columbia City, and weather permitting, cross to an RV park on the Washington side before returning to St. Helens, where the ships will dock overnight. The parade lasts for about two hours.

On Sunday, Dec. 9, the ships will depart from the city docks and meet up with additional fleet at 4:30 p.m. at Coon Island, along the Multnomah Channel. The ships will leave the island at 5 p.m., beginning their tour up the channel, through Scappoose, and on to the Willamette River.

Occasionally, weather, debris in the river, and other conditions can cause parade delays or cancellations. In the event of a cancellation, volunteers will update the organization’s Web site at www.christmasships.org.

Information on prime viewing locations also can be found on the site.


Send us your news!

We now have a submissions form on the site!

We are always on the look-out for community news items, such as, events, classes, activities, fund-raisers, tips on new businesses and updates on current ones, and photo opportunities.

Our focus is primarily on the Columbia City-Scappoose-St. Helens area; however, we will consider publishing some information about happenings in other Columbia County communities, as well.

You can access the submissions form by clicking on the “Contact” tab in the menu bar. A photo uploading tool can also be found there.

We are also interested in hearing your thoughts about our site. Please feel free to share that information there also.

Thank you, everyone, for your continued support!


Gallery: Columbia City Celebration

The remaining hours of the Columbia City Celebration are creeping in!

There is still time to browse the large selection of used books available for purchase at the Columbia City Library book sale, or to buy a raffle ticket for a handmade quilt, bid on silent auction items, or stock up on baked goods, plants and crafts made by local artisans.

The book sale is located under the covered play area at Columbia City School, 2000 Second St. The remaining activities are in Community Hall, 1850 Second St.

The event ends at 4 p.m. Photos of the quilt featured in the raffle, silent auction items, and other bits for sale, are published below. Proceeds benefit the Columbia City Library.


Columbia City library benefit offers pancake feed, book sale, silent auction and more

COLUMBIA CITY — The city of Columbia City will host its annual community celebration from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22. Several activities are planned at various locations in the city. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Columbia City Library.

The schedule includes:

*Strawberry pancake breakfast: 8 to 10 a.m, Knapp Social Center, 1925 First St. $6 adults, $4.50 ages 10 and younger.

*Library book sale: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., covered playground at Columbia City School, 2000 Second St.

*Silent auction: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Community Hall, 1850 Second St.

*Columbia Arts Guild sale: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Community Hall, 1850 Second St.

There also will be a raffle drawing for a quilt at 2 p.m. (tickets are $1 each, or six for $5), and a bake/plant sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Caples House Museum at 1915 First St. will be open for tours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For information, call Cathy Lundberg at 503-366-8020, or e-mail ccclibrary@live.com


Thank you, Columbia County law enforcement!

Today is National Tell a Police Officer Thank You Day.

There are many excellent men and women in this country who put their lives in jeopardy every day to ensure that the public is protected from danger. We are fortunate to have a very respectable group of them right here in Columbia County who deserve our gratitude for their bravery and kindness.

Law enforcement is not an easy job. Officers get more thugs than hugs. So, if you encounter one today, consider giving them thanks for the difficult work they do.

Police agencies that service our community (click on names to visit agency Web sites):
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Columbia City Police

Columbia County Sheriff’s Office

Scappoose Police

St. Helens Police

Rainier Police

Vernonia Police

For more information about National Tell a Police Officer Thank You Day, click here.


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.