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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Columbia County Fair & Rodeo Marks 100 Years

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Columbia County Fair & Rodeo – Photo Courtsey of Columbia County Fair & Rodeo Facebook Page

Carnival rides and games, barrel racing, rodeo court, corn dogs, cotton candy, 4-H Animals, Country Music and beer gardens. It sounds like a 100 Year Celebration to me.  2015 marks the celebration of both the Warren Grange & the Columbia County Fair & Rodeo.

100 years ago, Warren Grange started a partnership with the Columbia County Fair & Rodeo. Warren Grange operates out of the 4-H Pavilion  on the fairground.  This 100 year celebration will draw many people to the Columbia County Fair & Rodeo which runs from July 15th – July 19th, 2015.  A special opening ceremoney for the Fair will began at noon on July 15th to honor the orginal stones that were moved to the current fair location from the original location on Deer Island and to kick off the celebration.

Want to keep up with all the events, you can follow the fair  schedule on both their website and facebook pages. 2015 Columbia County Fair & Rodeo Calendar of Events and Follow events for the fair on Facebook.

This year John Micheal Montgomery will  preform July 15th.  While the VIP tickets are sold out, general admission is still available at local businesses like Chubb’s and Skinny’s in St. Helens. Groups such as the Columbia County Fair Board invite you to not only attend but to get involved.  They are even reaching out to kids to help volunteer.  Other groups such as Pacific Northwest Works have a call for volunteers for the Annual Plant Sale prep on July 14th whose proceeds support the fair.  Contact Pacific Northwest Works at 503-397-6495 to volunteer.

Let’s keep the fair going strong for another 100 years as it’s another great Columbia County annual tradition that helps create new memories, see old friends and pull a community together. #DiscoverColumbiaCounty #ColumbiaCounty


Scappoose SummerFest – June 26th & 27th

Scappoose SummerFest is always held on the last weekend of June, in well, you guessed it, Scappoose, Oregon.  What is SummerFest?  SummerFest is an annual community event organized by the Scappoose Boosters as a fundraiser to help fund their local sports prorgrams.  If you ask the folks who have lived here for quite awhile, they will say it was the old “Pow-Wow” Festival.

You will find lots of live music and vendors galore starting Friday 26th continuing until late Saturday at 11:00 PM. This year the SummerFest Committee added a few extra events that can’t be ignored such as the Kids Parade and a Fun Run.

Be sure to check out the Kids Parade “SuperHero’s & Princesses” on Friday night.  Kids are encouraged to ride their bikes, hot wheels or ride in a wagaon, really, whatever they prefer.  Kids must be lined up at 6:30 on Friday 26th on the north side of the Scappoose Middle School.  This parade will surely provide the kids with great memories.  Who doesn’t have found parade memories from their childhood?  The Kids Parade will go from 1st street to JP West ending in Veteran’s Park.   It’s sure to be a great way to start the 2 day event.

Live music begins on Friday 26th at 5:00 PM with Radio Giants ending Saturday at 9:00 with Weiners with many other great bands in between.  This year the Weiners, a local band, is coming out of retirment to play for the group for the hot event Saturday night.  Be sure not to miss out because they were talked out of retirement to play.

Don’t forget about the parade which starts at 11 on Saturday no fee.  It’s called the Grande Parade with the theme this year “Let the Good Times Roll.”  A tractor parade is also being done so new or old join in on the  fun.  There is still time to register so be sure to shine up your tractor. Register for Scappoose SummerFest Parade

The Fun Run Saturday morning which includes a 5 or 10 K.  Scappoose SummerFest Fun Run Registration

Scappoose Boosters Committee arranged for a Carnival to be on site to celebrate SummerFest.  There is even a Ferris Wheel.   You can also find a magaican on Saturday on Stage #2  at 3:00 PM. Presto, the Magician, is back to entertain kids of all ages. Don’t forget about The Pet Parade which starts at 12:30PM on Saturday 27th with lots of categories and prizes.  Please bring your leashed pet to compete.

Why not join in on the fun?  There are things to do from dust till dawn.  What a perfect way to enjoy living in a small town.  Follow SummerFest Events on FaceBook

#DiscoverColumbiaCounty #PlayLocal #ColumbiaCountyShopLocal #Community #Festivals

 

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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
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Several Easter egg hunts offered Saturday in Columbia County

File photo: mEGGa egg hunt at the Columbia County Fairgrounds in St. Helens.
File photo: mEGGa egg hunt at the Columbia County Fairgrounds in St. Helens.

Kids, grab your baskets! Easter egg hunts will be offered at the following locaitons in Columbia County on Saturday, April 19:

Clatskanie

Clatskanie Middle School: 10 a.m.; school playing fields, 471 S.W. Bel Air Drive; sponsored by Clatskanie Kiwanis; free.

Scappoose

Grant Watts Elementary: 10 a.m., school playground, 5200 S.E. 3rd Place; for children 12 and younger; thousands of plastic Easter eggs filled with candy and toys will be hidden; sponsored by Scappoose Kiwanis; free.

St. Helens

Columbia County Fairgrounds: mEGGa egg hunt; 11 a.m. (gates open at 9:30 a.m.); 58892 Saulser Road; for ages 12 and younger, and special needs children 15 and younger; other highlights include a petting zoo, face-painting, horse rides, archery and robotics demonstrations and more; free; CC Rider will offer shuttle bus rides from St. Helens High School to the fairgrounds.

Rainer

Riverfront Park: 10 a.m.; on B Street; sponsored by the Rainier Eagles; free.

Vernonia

Hawkins Park: 10 a.m.; end of Park Drive, off Bridge Street; sponsored by Vernonia Community PTA; free.


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!


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.