St. Helens, OR – On March 3rd, during the 2018 Oregon Legislative Session in Salem, Senator Betsy Johnson presented the Oregon Senate with the oldest photo of the Senate and showed members of the 12th Bi-Annual 1882 Oregon Senate. Local resident Diane Kruggel Dillard recently found this heirloom photo and wanted to share it with the Oregon Senate.
The Dillard family has a long history of public service in Columbia County. The photo was the property of William Barclay Dillard married to Susan Holcomb Dillard, and who were early residents of St. Helens. William Barclay worked as a Columbia County District Attorney and his wife was the first postmistress and later head librarian. They had two sons, William Walden and James Mason. Walden, like his father, served as County District Attorney while James Mason was appointed Federal District Attorney. The Dillard family had two sons, Max W. “Sandy” Dillard and Carl Dillard.
Diane Dillard married Sandy in 1964. Sandy served as a County Commissioner for Columbia County. Diane served as Communications Manager for Boise Cascade and retired after 44 years of service. She donated her time to many worthy causes including, Columbia Rural Fire District, United Way, CASA, Chamber of Commerce, Sacagawea and Chance to Become Scholarship. Diane, a widow, is still a strong supporter of Columbia County.
Columbia County- Thanks to the Columbia Arts Guild, 2018 brings many opportunities for Artists and Art Enthusiasts alike. The Columbia Arts Guild (CAG) has accomplished big things in just a few years for local artists. This group of committed and talented volunteers continues to work together to bring more to the table in 2018 for our communities. In 2017, the group became an official 501(c) 3 and fundraised to build a secure cabinet to display art at the St Helens Public Library. You can find more about their group on their website
Columbia Arts Guild is connecting like-minded artists with one another by creating together, hosting a countywide art competition, a community art project and a celebration with hands-on art. A little something for everyone. Here are more specifics about the upcoming CAG events and ways you can get involved:
Art Happening- Paint the Town. Weekly group of artists that meet on Thursdays at 10:00 AM in the hallway of the Columbia Learning Center. The goal is for the artist to Bring Your Own Art (BYOA), work on your project, get advice, share information, listen or join the Urban Sketchers as they go out to Paint the Town!
CAG Virtual Arts Competition will run until Dec 31st, 2018. The competition is called Adventure & Art in Columbia County. To enter go to their Facebook paged upload your submission photo in the album. Competition is open to all Columbia County residents. Basic guidelines, you can enter as many times in as many categories as you want. Open to all mediums. Judging will be in January 2019, people’s choice awards will be chosen by a number of likes on the Facebook post with people’s choice. The competition is for the I LOVE Columbia County Book will be created with winners published by December 2019 available on Amazon in 2020. The I LOVE Columbia County book proceeds will go to further Art Opportunities in Columbia County through the Columbia Arts Guild.
“This is Us” St. Helens is a Community Art Project. During the next several months the CAG will be hosting “This Is Us” paint events throughout the St. Helens area. Paint events are the opportunity for you and your group of 10 or more to take part in this project. They provide everything you need to paint your house and participate. CAG will keep all the painted, signed houses created by the community so that we may assemble them into one large piece of community art. Everyone can create/paint one house to represent themselves in our diverse community. You can even take a picture of your house and share it on this page. Call or text Joan@5033691081 to schedule a paint event.
Spring Walk Into Art is in its 3rd year to Celebrate the Arts! It has a Professional Art Show, Youth Art Show, Music, Dancing, Open Mic, Book Signing, Culinary Art, Hands on Art and more! Save the date for May 5th at Columbia Learning Center, 375 S 18th St, Saint Helens, Oregon 97051.
Columbia County- Leaves are dropping along with the temperature, Fall has arrived and Halloween is quickly approaching for Columbia County. With the movie Halloweentown filmed in St. Helens in 1998, the city is still celebrating and the many across Columbia County have also embraced this holiday.
Local citizens have ties to the movie as many had their debut acting in the movie as extras such as Rainier Mayor, Jerry Cole along with Clatskanie resident, Brian Fawcett. Brian was a kid at the time who got his first paycheck as an extra to perform alongside his sister and mom in an Aladdin Costume. Brian shared that his favorite memory of the movie was, “Being part of a locally made movie with my family was a cool experience. And watching the movie near Halloween after the fact to find myself, my mom, and my sister in random scenes made for some good memories.” Maybe that’s why so many people jump at the chance to celebrate Halloween and welcome curious tourists.
The movie has a cult following that will bring a lot of tourists to the area for Halloween the month of October for a variety of activities. To view, a list of Spirit of Halloweentown events go to www.discovercolumbiacounty.com and www.keepitlocalcc.com to view many local events. SHEDCO (ST Helens Economic Development Corporation) has partnered with several local groups to host a few events for locals to have some fun along with the tourists and ways they can get engaged to show off their local community.
A signature event to kick off the month-long celebration is the Halloweentown Parade that is on Oct 7th at 3:00 PM. Last year, the parade had a Witches Float, Star Wars of Oregon, Columbia County Sherrif Department, Aliens, Zombie fighters, Scary Clown Bikers and more participated. The 2nd year parade is sure to outshine the past year. When asked what will make this year different?” Gretchen Williams, Parade Organizer, replied, “For me, the parade this year is different from the last because of the willingness from groups to participate. Many crowd favorites from last year contacted me immediately wanting to return. I didn’t even have to ask them! I have several families who have signed up to participate simply because they love Halloween. I’m very excited to see their entries! We are on track to surpass the number of entries we had last year. Something else that is new this year is that I did not have to charge an entry fee. Thanks to several additional sponsors, everyone can participate for free.” Afterwards, the Community Pumpkin lightening will take place in the Holiday Plaza at 7:00 PM.
Ways for you to get involved:
September 25th-Oct 6th Participate in a Scarecrow Contest. Open to all citizens and businesses Across Columbia County are invited to put up a ScareCrow for the Spirit of Halloweentown ScareCrow Contest. Winners get $150 sponsored by the City of St. Helens. You can post your photos to the FB page between Sept 25th- Oct 6th details on the facebook page.
Oct 7th – Halloweentown Parade sponsored by SCC Chamber of Commerce, SHEDCO & Columbia River PUD Oct 7th. Locals can participate in the parade for free by emailing email@example.com for an application.
October 6th – Oct 30th. If you like to get dressed up in costume, you can become a WayFinding Witch. What’s that? It’s a chance to share our local businesses and happenings with the tourists in your Halloween Costume. Click on the link, to sign up for a volunteer spot.
Oct 19th,20,21st at 7:00 PM & 21st at 2 PM ShoeString Theatre, “The War of the Worlds” on October 19, 20, 21 at 7 pm, and October 21 for a 2 pm matinee. Tickets on Sale September 30th online or at Bertucci’s.
Columbia County- Two sisters, Stephanie Pescio (formerly Hall) & and Sandra Mohler both hail from Rainier, Oregon. Although the sisters are physically separated by a few miles and a bridge, the girls stay close by growing a new business as Sandra now lives in Longview, WA. They recently opened their new business in Columbia County that can help enhance local events and create memories. It’s a pop up open air photo booth, called YooDoo Selfies, LLC. They serve Columbia County, Cowlitz & Clatsop Counties.
Stephanie shared, “We started YooDoo Selfies, LLC because our mother always wanted us, girls, to create a family business. We honor her memory of 10 years of caregiving by taking time now to create a business that can unite our family in joy.” After much research paired with a business plan, they opened their business in Summer of 2017. When asked what makes them different from their local competitors Stephanie replied, ” We use a Venue Pro Selfie machine. It’s equipped to send your pictures straight to your email, text, or Facebook. We are two sisters honoring our mother’s memory by starting a business that creates memories for others and gives joy and happiness. We are fun and having fun is what YooDoo is all about.”
When asked what makes their business successful, Stephanie was quick to respond, “People are what makes any business successful. This industry is about memorializing our moments of happiness, joy, and excitement. YooDoo Selfies, LLC is here to help your event become more than just a celebration. It is a chance to mingle have fun and take some selfies. Play with our props or enjoy our green screen options with many backgrounds to choose from.” This is a fun business that can be added to a family event such as a birthday, family reunion, weddings, bridal showers, graduation parties and many other events.
To find out more about the company, go to www.ydsphotobooth.com. #events #yoodooselfies #selfiefun #shopcolumbiacounty #hereincc #keepitlocalcc #newbusiness
Columbia City, OR – The Columbia City Friendship House is newly open to serve as an Adult Foster Home for seniors. Their caring and professional staff offers long term, hospice & adult day care services while helping adults preserve their independence and dignity.
The Friendship House is located in a peaceful neighborhood at 1955 2nd Street in Columbia City, OR. They have five comfortable bedrooms, three baths, two dining halls, and a spacious living area in this 6,000t square foot house. The Friendship House is ready to serve your senior adult in your life with nutritious home cooked food, activities such as puzzles, games and more, space for visiting and crafts, and calming rooms each equipped with cable TV.
Want a tour? Call Columbia City Friendship House at 503-366-7981 for more information or a tour. For more details, go to their website and follow their Facebook Page. #senioradultfostercare #seniorcare #columbiacityseniors #columbiacountyseniors #hospice #longtermcare #adultdaycare #columbiacityor
Vernonia, OR – If you’ve visited Vernonia on a Saturday in the Summer, you’ll see many cyclists. Vernonia known to many as a bustling cycling community will be the start of the 2nd Annual Columbia Century Challenge Race Saturday, June 17th. A local group of volunteers that involve business owners and community leaders from across Columbia County have been working over the past three years to bring this race to Columbia County. The Columbia Country Challenge is the only organized cycling race in Columbia County put on by locals who care about enhancing the cycling opportunities in Columbia County.
Gearing up for its 2nd year brings a few changes to the new event. Last year the race started in St Helens, this year it’s in Vernonia. You have the option to pick three types of rides out of Vernonia. The Century Plus 119 miles, Metric Century Plus, 86 miles or the 40-mile gravel ride through commercial timberline. Go to the website to see the full map to determine which path is the one you shall choose. Rolling hills, farmland, historic logging trails, scenic views of the Pacific Northwest, what’s not to like? It’s not too late to join the upcoming race as a cyclist or as a volunteer. You can register online at http://cyclecolumbiacounty.com/registration/ While it lasts use special code CCC17 for a 2 for 1, so grab a friend. Enjoy your ride whatever one you choose!
St Helens, OR- Another long-standing local tradition in St Helens is the Kiwanis Parade held the 3rd Saturday in June. This year St Helens Kiwanis will host the 102nd year parade with the theme “Wonders of Columbia County ” on June 17th at noon at Columbia Blvd and Hwy 30. This parade is great family fun. You can bring a chair if you’d like, find a spot along Main Street Corridor in St. Helens from the South Columbia County Chamber & Emmert Motors to Dockside. Just follow the crowd to find out what’s going on.
If you want to get creative, you can participate in the parade by signing up the day of between 9-11 at Emmert Motors. They have many categories for floats, cars, motorcycles and more. The parade judging starts at 11:00 and the parade at noon. It is a not to miss community event. At the bottom of the page, you will find the Kiwanis Parade Application. If you would like to pre-register forms which can be mailed to:
Kiwanis Community Parade
P.O. Box 295
Saint Helens, OR 97051
The Kiwanis Parade is a family-friendly fun whether you are watching or participating. It’s also an opportunity to see old friends and meet your neighbors. Don’t forget to bring a bag for the candy and treats that are often tossed out to the kids and even a few adults.
Follow along on the Facebook Event Page to keep up on parade day events. See you there Columbia County!
Scappoose, OR – Have you met Celeste Hardesty? She’s not your typical business owner and FinishLine Graphics (FLG) isn’t your typical business. Celeste Hardesty and her husband Todd started their first business in 2011 called Todd Hardesty Fabrication metal fab and cut vinyl. FLG business has expanded under the parent company Finish Line Technologies as their graphics business has exploded. In February 2017, the business moved to Scappoose as they simply outgrew their space. FLG located at 53303 Columbia River Hwy specializes in branding and marketing. They can create graphics, signs, printing, custom apparel, customized products and more. They can also wrap anything from cars to boats, stairs and more.
Once you meet Celeste you can tell she’s not like all the other business owners. She has Racing in her blood and it runs in her family. Celeste has both a passion for racing and a passion for design. When not working, Celeste likes to spend her spare time on the race track. She currently drives a Dirt Late Model Car. If you ask Celeste, she will proudly tell you, “I started racing when I was 5 years old sitting on my dad’s lap of an old Jeep. I raced jeeps and off-road vehicles until my family started Mud Drag Racing with the monster trucks when they 1st started. I got to grow up around Grave Digger and Big Foot when they 1st started.” She explained, “My parents met racing, so I have been in and around it forever. My dad built a special seat in the jeep for me as a newborn to go with on all the relay races. But I got behind the wheel officially when I was 5, racing barrels in our jeep.” Celeste also shared that her mom was bad @ss too. She was the 1st female mud drag racer on ESPN and one of the 1st female mud drag racers to compete in King Dome.” You could say racing is in her blood.
Celeste described how she graduated from one racing level to another, “When I went to college I met my husband Todd and he introduced me to dirt circle track racing. He bought me my first dirt car which I raced at River City Speedway in St. Helens in the Women’s division. After a few years, I finally got my championship and stepped up to run with the Sportsman division. My 1st race with “the boys” as I called it (but there were women competing) I ended up winning. The best part of it all was the fact that my husband had taught me over the years how to work on my car. He had required me to do it all if I wanted to race. So that win meant more to me than anything! I sold that car a few years ago and purchased a Dirt Late Model, which races throughout the tracks here in Oregon. I finished 3rd in points last year and now have my eye set on getting into a Dirt IMCA Modified. With my crew chief, Shawn Etheredge, helping me both last year and this year…. I look forward to the challenge of a very male dominant sport.”
The Racing Season started mid-April. Celeste is getting excited to get on the track, “but unfortunately my motor program (dad still builds my motors) is a bit behind this year due to the business taking a lot of my time and energy. I hope to have my Late Model motor back by the end of April to start running at Sunset Speedway, Willamette Speedway, and Cottage Grove. Our FinishLine facebook page will announce when the FLG car will be running, but since I am not running for points this year my schedule will be more sporadic with a bit of “let’s go have fun” attitude behind it.”
When she’s not racing, she’s helping her clients. Her racing clients bring their cars to get decals from all over Oregon. She can design and wrap just about anything from a car to a staircase. She can work with businesses or families on promotional products where she can print on just about anything creating the perfect customized gift for your clients or loved ones.
Stop by FLG and follow them on Facebook. #racing #carwraps #decals #FLGgrahics #flgwrap #customapparel #racingdesigns