CRF&R seeks volunteers for medical, fire emergencies

ST. HELENS — Columbia River Fire & Rescue is recruiting local volunteers to assist in responding to medical and fire emergencies.

To be eligible for volunteer work, applicants must be age 18 or older, reside within the fire district (click here for boundary map), have a high school diploma or GED, possess a valid driver’s license, be able to meet the district’s physical ability requirements, and pass a criminal background check and drug test.

Applications can be downloaded by clicking here, or are available in the fire district’s administration offices at 270 Columbia Blvd. in St. Helens.

The deadline to apply is Oct. 31. The first five legitimate applicants to submit their paperwork will qualify for a special prize giveaway. Details: 503-397-2990, or www.crfr.com.


Vernonia festival offers salmon cuisine, art displays and more

VERNONIA — Celebrate northwest culture during the 10th annual Vernonia Salmon Festival on Saturday, Oct. 6, in Hawkins Park, located at the end of Park Drive, off Bridge Street.

The free event, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., features several food and retail vendors, arts and craft booths, an art show and live music. Activities for children include scarecrow stuffing, pumpkin carving and trout fishing in a nearby pond.

“Claudia,” a giant 25-foot Chinook salmon, will be on display to educate visitors about stream restoration, and hayrides will be offered to salmon spawning sites along Rock Creek. Members of the Upper Nehalem Watershed Council also will raffle off a fresh-caught Columbia River salmon.

In the park’s Scout Cabin, the non-profit organization, Hands on Art, will sell selections of McMenamins beer.

For festival-goers who are interested in area history, the Vernonia Pioneer Museum will be open for tours from 1 to 4 p.m. at 511 E. Bridge St. Admission is free.

For more information, contact the city of Vernonia at 503-429-5291.


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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.


Car wash benefits Scappoose High band program

SCAPPOOSE — Band members from Scappoose High School will scrub down cars today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Scappoose Middle School, 52265 S. Columbia River Hwy. Donations will be accepted for services.

Proceeds benefit the Scappoose High School band program.

Here is a special song to encourage a car-washing benefit state of mind:


Car dealership offers free child car seat check-up, installation

ST. HELENS — Emmert Motors will offer a free “Safe Kids Buckle Up” car seat check-up and installation event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, in their dealership at 2175 Columbia Blvd., St. Helens.

The event is also part of “Safe Kids Columbia County”, an initiative of the Columbia County Commission on Children and Families, in partnership with Community Action Team and Columbia County Transit Division. Sunshine Pizza is also an event sponsor.

For information, call Emmert Motors at 503-438-4146.


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