Gems of Columbia County- Nob Hill Park

photo 1 (52) photo 4 (35) Have you been to Nob Hill?  Spring brings perfect hiking weather and flowers which are starting to pop up everywhere.  You really should take a few minutes to check out this park.  Nob Hill  is one of the “gems” in Columbia County. It is easy to find as it’s right across the street from the Waste Water Treatment Plant in St. Helens, 451 Plymouth Street, St. Helens, OR.  This park is a must if your looking for an easy hike.  It takes about 20 minutes and has that feel like your out in nature without the drive.  Nob Hill is the type of park where you won’t find playgrounds, you might not even see another person.  That is what makes this park so special.  This park  is where one must take only their memories; leave only their footprints.

The friends of Scappoose Bay Watershed Council is a nonprofit partner group for the Friends of Nob Hill.   They are currently looking for volunteers for a work party on April 4th.   Call 503-397-7904 for questions or for more information on Nob Hill Nature Park.


“Spring into Gardening”

Do you like to garden?  Have a garden and need plants?  Just have a few questions?

We have some great resources here in Columbia County to help you get started if your new to the area or starting a garden.  Want classes? Check out OSU Extension Service  Gardening Classes and Resources for Columbia County.  You can also contact Columbia Soil and Water Conservation District Weed Control program on what is a weed and what’s not.  Get your questions answered call Tyler 503-397-455 ext 104 or email tyler. joki@columbiaswed.com.

Additional resources like the Scapppose Watershed Council can help answer questions about native spieces and share why consider using native speices.  The Scappoose Bay Watershed Council is hosting their Native Plant Sale April 11th from 9-1 at Scappoose High School (greenhouse at the 2nd parking lot at school). They have one of the largest selections of native trees, plants, shrubs and are happy to answer questions before or after the sale on “what’s best?” Shop Local for Native Plants  Don’t own a garden but want to help? The Scappoose Watershed Council also accepts volunteers.  Scappoosebay Native Plant Nursery

Happy gardening!

 


Do you know Mo’s?

St. Helens, OR– If you haven’t been, then you must go to Mo’s Art, Hook & Needle, Inc. right here in Columbia County.  If you are not a crafty person, that’s ok.  You must go anyway to meet Melonie, who will answer all your questions and give you a brief tour.  All you have to do is ask.  Mo’s is located at 161 St. St. Helens, OR .  Mo’s is a not to miss store when shopping in St. Helens. Open Monday-Saturday 10-6 and Thursday 10-8:30ish.  503-366-YARN (9276)

If your a crafty type of person then bring your own fiber projects or join a group for the Spinning Wheel on Thursday evenings for time to work & talk.  Mo’s also can help you weave a rug, scarf, belts and many other projects. All you have to do is ask.  It’s affordable as rugs start out around $40.00. Classes offer a variety of new crafts for beginners to advanced for:

Kool-Aid Dyeing

Beginning Weaving-Cardboard Loom

Woven Memories- Picture

Kumihimo-Japanese Braiding

Spinning Wheel Spinning

Weaving on a Floor Loom.

Just another example of one of the many fun local businesses to visit while here in Columbia County and things to do.  Follow Mo’s on Facebook

Yarn selection from Mo's Art, Hook & Needle, Inc. (Photo courtsey of Mo's)
Example of the Yarn Selection at Mo’s. Photo Courtsey of Mo’s.

 


“Hearts Here. Hearts There. Hearts Everywhere”

St. Helens, OR – Have you noticed all the hearts hanging up at the local businesses?  You can find them at Columbia River PUD, Ace Hardware, & Houlton Bakery to name a few.  They are gold or pink.  The hearts are sold by local businesses for the Sacagawea Health Care Center which is a nonprofit here in Columbia County.  Sacagawea Health Care Center helps all children get the health services needed weather insured or not to be successful in school.  The Sacagawea Health Center is located at Lewis & Clark Elementary School, 1060 Eisenschmidt Lane, St. Helens, OR.

You can purchase hearts at local busineses up until Feb 28th,2015.  Additional locations to purchase hearts.  You still have time to buy them at $l for pink $5 donation for Gold.  Thanks for your support for the “Touch the Heart of a Child Campaign.”

ACE Hardware not only a great store but supports local.

 

 


“It was the puppies that stole the show.” – Denim & Diamonds

St. Helens, OR-  The people outnumbered the puppies on Saturday February 7th, 2015 at the Columbia County Fairgrounds Pavillion to raise funds at “Denim & Diamonds” Dinner, Auction & Dance for the Columbia Humane Society.   But who can resist holding a little one, so I would say the puppies surely stole the show.

Citizens from Columbia County came out to support the Columbia Humane Society which is a no-kill shelter that started in 1985 to help displaced and neglected animals find new homes.  They offer services such pet adoptions and a Vaccine Clinic throughout the year and across Columbia County.  Also, it’s a great place to volunteer as an indiviudal or a team. Want to know more watch the Video of Columbia Humane Society

Columbia Humane Society is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization who does not receive funding from any national or state animal welfare group or government agency. Their operations rely solely on income from their members, donors, small grants & fundraising events.  How to Support Columbia County Humane Society?

Dean Cox, Executive Director, Columbia Humane Society, & Hayden, a volunteer, who helped showcase the puppies.

Jesse stole this attendees heart during the Fundraiser.
The puppy, Jesse, stole this attendees heart during the Fundraiser.

 


Live music, carnival this weekend at Rainier Days in the Park

The 2014 Rainier Days in the Park event is July 10-13. Photo courtesy of Rainier Days in the Park.
The 2014 Rainier Days in the Park event is July 10-13. Photo courtesy of Rainier Days in the Park.

RAINIER — Rainier Days in the Park will be from July 10-13 in Rainier City Park, 300 W. A St.

The family-freindly event features live music and other entertainment, contests, carnival rides and games, marketplace vendors, food, and a beer garden.

Hours/highlights: 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, opening ceremonies, performance by Lulu LaFever; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, magic show, performance by Fleetwood Mac tribute band Gold Dust; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, parade, hometown pizza-eating contest, family game show, Ralph Painter citizenship award, performance by the The Mulch Brothers, fireworks display; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Rainier Senior Center fundraiser breakfast, battle of the worship bands, performance by Kutless.

The parade on Saturday will begin at 10 a.m., and will travel west on A Street and continue into the park. Information about designated event parking and shuttle services are available on the event’s website at www.rainierdaysinthepark.com. Click on “Get the Scoop”.

Details: to see the full event schedule, click here; for real-time updates, like the event’s Facebook page by clicking here.


Large turnout in St. Helens for ’13 Nights’ kick-off

The Journey tribute band Stone in Love kicked off  "13 Nights on the River" on June 5 at Columbia View Park amphitheater in Olde Towne St. Helens
The Journey tribute band Stone in Love kicked-off the 13 Nights on the River concert series June 5 at Columbia View Park in Olde Towne St. Helens. Performances are 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 28. Photo courtesy of Jack Hruska.

ST. HELENS — Stone in Love, a Journey tribute band, marked the start of the 10th annual 13 Nights on the River concert series on June 5 in Columbia View Park, located off The Strand street in Olde Towne.

Weekly performances will continue from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 28. Admission is free. An open air market selling crafts, food and beer also will be featured from 3 to 9 p.m.

Upcoming concerts include (click on links for performer websites):

June 12, Whisky Union Band, country music

June 19, Rae Gordon Band, blues

June 26, Mosby, alternative rock

July 3, Lewi Longmire, country-rock

July 4, TBA

July 10, Gator Nation Band, Cajun, Zydeco, New Orleans R&B

July 17, Jeff Trappe Flamencan Troupe Conjunto Alegre Band, flamenco

July 24, Patrick Lamb, old-school R&B, soul

July 31, Hit Machine, hits from various eras

Aug. 7, Set in Stone, hard rock

Aug. 14, Michael Allen Harrison, pianist

Aug. 21, Sweetwater, country

Aug. 28, Cooper and the Jam, rock and soul

The concert schedule is subject to change without notice. Major sponsors of the series include the St. Helens Community Foundation and Yo Place.

Details: call 360-450-1803, or visit the website at www.13nightsontheriver.org.

Event flyer
Event flyer
Event flyer
Event flyer

 


2014 Columbia County Fair and Rodeo update

ST. HELENS — The theme for the 2014 Columbia County Fair and Rodeo is “Country Roots and Cowboy Boots”. Darci Solimine of St. Helens submitted the winning idea for the theme.

The Friends of Columbia County Fair are selling event posters for $5 each (see image). Proceeds from the sales will benefit the fairgrounds. Posters from previous years are also available.

Clean-up volunteers are needed during fair week. Applicants must be 12 and older and available for morning or afternoon shifts. Those who work one shift will earn a meal ticket. Those who work two shifts will earn a meal ticket, plus a one-day pass for carnival rides. Details: Message Amanda McFeron via Facebook.

Superintendents for the art and floral open classes also are being recruited. People who have knowledge of different types of art, or in multiple types of horticulture, are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be available July 12-20. Superintendents will be paid for their time, and given free passes to the fair. Details: e-mail Megan Bluhm at meganbopenclass@hotmail.com.

Additional pre-sale ticket locations:

• Clatskanie: Wauna Federal Credit Union

• Scappoose: Wauna Federal Credit Union, Chevron, St. Helens Community Federal Credit Union

• St. Helens: Skinny’s, Chubb’s, Wauna Federal Credit Union, St. Helens Community Federal Credit Union

• Rainier: St. Helens Community Federal Credit Union

• Vernonia: Wauna Federal Credit Union

For more information, click on our previous post here, or call the fair office, 503-397-4231, e-mail info@columbiacountyfairgrounds.com, or visit the website www.columbiacountyfairgrounds.com. This year’s fair will be from July 16-20 at the Columbia County Fairgrounds, 58892 Saulser Road, St. Helens.

Event poster
Event poster

Lewis and Clark secretary awarded school employee of the year

Lewis and Clark Elementary head secretary Jeanette Sessions learned on May 8 that she had been selected as the Oregon Schools Employee Associaton employee of the year for 2014. Photo courtesy of OSEA.
Lewis and Clark Elementary head secretary Jeanette Sessions learned on May 8 that she was the Oregon Schools Employee Association employee of the year for 2014. Photo courtesy of OSEA.

ST. HELENS — Jeanette Sessions, a 24-year veteran of the St. Helens School District, has been chosen as the Oregon Schools Employees Association employee of the year.

Sessions currently works as the head secretary at Lewis and Clark Elementary in St. Helens. Her supervisor, principal Cathy Carson, nominated her for the award, referring to Sessions as the heart and soul of their school in her recommendation letter.

The announcement of Sessions’ award was made on May 8 during a surprise celebration, cloaked as a mandatory staff meeting, in the school library. Sessions’ family, friends and current and former co-workers were in attendance.

Sessions was caught off-guard by the award because she was unaware of her nomination by Carson. According to an OSEA press release, Sessions said, “When I saw my retired friends here (at the meeting) my first thought was… I didn’t retire yet!”

The employee of the year award is one of the highest honors of OSEA. The award is given out annually, and recipients are chosen from a pool of Oregon nominees by a committee of past OSEA presidents.

Sessions will be recognized during an awards ceremony at the 2014 OSEA Conference from June 26-28 in Portland.