Columbia County, OR – Two businesses in Columbia County are offering delivery service. Hawk & Wolf Columbia Couriers have a focus on food delivery from local restaurants in St. Helens. The other business Columbia County Anytime Assistant can help with almost anything, anytime! Both businesses serve a purpose to help our local residents in a growing community. It’s a convenience for some, a necessity for others since public transportation is limited in our rural community.
One delivers locally in St. Helens mainly from restaurants. Hawk & Wolf Columbia Couriers can bring you a variety of items from fried fish, gourmet sausages, Mexican or Thai Cuisine, and general grocery items from the gas station. They can help fulfill your food cravings from local restaurants. The company is run by partners, Ben Tiscareno & Kathleen Jenkins, They are open Tuesdays. Wednesdays & Thursdays 11 AM – 8 PM, Fridays & Saturdays 11 AM- 11 PM closed Sunday -Monday. They have partnered with Muchas Gracias Mexican Food, Skippers & Skinny’s, Vinnie’s Chicago Subs and Roy Thai to deliver locally in the St. Helens area. You can find a map of their service area pinned to the front of their facebook page.
Columbia County Anytime Assistants opened in the past few months to help with concierge and other customized services. This new company is run by a husband and wife team, Arejonna & Josh Paulson. They started this company in July 2018 Arejonna shared, “to further help our community, especially ones who are our veterans or disabled.” They can also work with kids. Need help with school drop off or pick up, car services pick up or drop off, pet taxi, a variety of other concierge services such as dropping off prescriptions, dry cleaning, alterations, post office, dump runs, merchandise returns, grocery shopping, and customized errands give them a call. They are open 7 AM- 10 PM Monday -Fridays and 9:00-10 AM on the weekend give them a call at 971-328-2246 to book a space.
St. Helens, OR – Hob Nob Brewhouse & Taproom located at 2155 Columbia Blvd in St. Helens showcases some locally brewed beer along with other Oregon Brews, high-quality fresh food to round out the farm to table concept using locally sourced produce and products as much as possible. One could say that this new business is not only tasty but it’s good for you. They use locally made products like Sasquatch Mustard by Darling Foods, serve Two Birds One Stone spirited ice cream and outsource produce as much as they can from local family farms like Canaan Hill Farm. They also feature events such as live music, tastings and the upcoming event, a first in Columbia County, a HomeBrew Competition.
John & Tamara Stermer, owners, wanted to offer a different type of restaurant. Tamara Stermer makes a point to recognize her team as being an important piece in running a successful business where customers want to keep coming back. Hob Nob means to toast each other, a social place according to their facebook page. When you visit, why not grab a flight to try a variety of beers? or maybe you’re in the mood for a refreshing cocktail like their seasonal Sangria or a Lavender Lemon Drop. You won’t be disappointed! Some customers favorite menu items include the House Chips, add the parmesan cheese for a treat, the homemade plum sauce for the Fly Away Wings and the Gluten Free -Roots N Seeds Salad.
In the few short months since opening, they have hosted Kentucky Derby Food, Fare & Fundraiser for Columbia Humane Society. Their new upcoming event will be the first Hob Nob Brew Octoberfest Homebrewers Competition in Columbia County is sanctioned by American Home Brewers Association & BJCP according to their business facebook page. They are currently looking for both brewers and the public to attend this event with live music, traditional Octoberfest foods prepared in event area and German cuisine available for indoor dining. Reservations are recommended for indoor dining the evening of Octoberfest just call 503-396-3151.
Just a few details for the Hob Nob Brew Octoberfest Homebrewers Competition on October 6th:
For Brewers: Judging Saturday -9:00 AM. The rules and profiles are posted at our website www.hobnobbrewhouse.com
For Guests: Open to public starting from 3 PM till 11 PM for 21 & Over ONLY. $30.00 entry fee includes a tasting glass with event logo, bracelets with 6 prepaid tastings, live music. Go to their facebook page to stay up to date on the event.
You’ll find this new place charming and will want to come back to try something new. Welcome to Columbia County Hob Nob Brewhouse & Taproom. Cheers!
St. Helens, OR – The citizens of St Helens have a whole new program for all ages filled with activities and classes galore for Summer 2018 thanks to a new St. Helens Recreation Program. This program is a partnership between the City of St. Helens and the St. Helens School District to fill a need for a centralized program for recreation creating a sense of community. Working in partnership the two organizations had a good start on the inventory of facilities. Project coordinators asked for citizen input on upcoming classes they would like to see and where a need should be filled such as a monthly family movie night. This input created a diverse Summer Recreation Program for St. Helen’s citizens.
Anyone can register for the new program on the website. Over 14 programs from Yoga in the Park, Community Game Night, Co-Ed Volleyball, Painting, Movie Night, Terrarum Making Classes, Walking Groups and so much available throughout the summer months for all ages. You’ll also get information for what’s going on at St. Helens Public Library, Eisenschmidt Pool, Summer Meals, and other community events such as 13 Nights on the River.
Shanna Duggan volunteer with the project also runs a Facebook group called Columbia County Sole Sisters for women to promote health. They provide online support and events to create a culture of a community. Columbia County Sole Sisters is for women only. She also works as the Utility Billing, Court, and Bank Specialist for the City of St. Helens. Working with this project is a perfect fit for Shanna. When you meet her she’ll tell you that she loves to create events to help pull her community together. As soon as she was asked Shanna wanted to help with the project. She shared, “I am passionate about community. It’s something I take pride in, volunteer for, and helps me to find connections for myself and others. I have seen a need for a recreation program since I moved here 16 years ago. When I was asked to help work on this project, it was an immediate yes. To me, a recreation program helps people connect with others, find a purpose, and provides opportunities to explore what is right here in front of us. So many times we leave Columbia County to do things that are already offered locally or could easily be offered here. It’s a win for everyone. I think that in today’s times, with cellphones and other distractions, bringing it back to the basics is such an important thing AND it’s fun. I mean, who doesn’t smile when they are playing freeze tag, painting, or doing a scavenger hunt?”
She said she is excited about the future of the program. ” I would love to see it be offered year-round with inclusive and diverse programs that partner with community members, local businesses, and sports programs. I hope we continue to find ways to offer programs at a lower rate for community members or at a price that’s affordable for low-income populations. I believe a recreation program can be a backbone of a community.”
For the full program, click here. To give more input for the future, please fill out the short online survey. Want a list of events, interested in teaching a class or have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. or contact Shanna Duggan, City Of St. Helens, Utility Billing, Court and Bank Specialist, 503-397-6272 ext. 160
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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.
To view the official state recording from the Senate website, go to Dillard Senate Presentation
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:
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!
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St. Helens, OR- Have you met Carleen Mathews? She’s not your typical business owner and owning a CrossFit business isn’t typical. One could say Carleen has CrossFit in her blood. She has always loved competitive sports, playing softball in college. She worked hard to get scholarships, graduating with a degree in Inter-Disciplinary Studies from Concordia University. When asked why she loves to compete, Carleen shared, “I love the challenge of making myself better every day! I always say, once it’s easy or I’m not improving there will be no reason for me to continue. That’s the amazing thing about this sport, it constantly pushes me to be better every day! I get to see what I’m capable of and then improve that!”
Competing and CrossFit go hand in hand. What is CrossFit? CrossFit is a type of exercise that consists of a daily class in four parts: Warm-up, Skill, Workout of the Day and Cooldown. CrossFit offers a variety of classes for groups , such as for 12-17, and any skill set can join. CrossFit is a long-term physical development that promotes health and well-being.
In 2010, when Carleen tried CrossFit, she was hooked. During her 1st year, she found herself competing in the local CrossFit games. For the past six years, she has competed at Regionals, and at the CrossFit Games the last two years. Carleen has many impressive accomplishments at the age of 33 such as:
2012 NW Regionals 18th Place
2013 NW Regionals 9th Place
2014 NW Regionals 4th Place
2015 2nd Place West Coast Regionals & 36th at CrossFit Games
2016 Fittest in Northwest, NW Regionals 1st & 23rd at CrossFit Games
2017 Fittest in Northwest- More to be determined with upcoming Regionals June 2-4th at the Expo Center in Portland. The Top 5 will move forward to compete at the CrossFit Games the first week in August in Madison, Wisconsin Please follow along on the Crossfit Reader board to cheer Carleen on at Regionals.
When Carleen isn’t training to compete, she loves to train and coach. Carleen shared, “We took over the CrossFit gym because my coach had previously owned it and I was coaching out here full time. When they decided they wanted to focus more on their other business, my coach offered for me to take over the gym. The community out here is the best part about owning the gym. I couldn’t leave them and wanted to continue to work with this community. The main reason we took over was the community. I never imagined myself owning my own gym. I love CrossFit and I love competing but it was never on my long term goals to own my own gym. But when the opportunity came up and I thought about leaving this community I couldn’t say no.”
When asked what her biggest challenge was for training she replied, “There are so many challenging parts to owning a business and training for the Games. It is my full-time job training for the Games, so I think balance is one of the hardest things because I need to balance my training, business, marriage, relationships etc. I am also training a lot alone and that has been very challenging.”
Anyone can take classes at CrossFit St. Helens – view schedule on their website. You can keep up with her events and coaching tips on their Facebook page @CrossFitStHelens. You can even google Carleen. She has been featured in several fitness magazines, on Instagram, Blogs and more. She is a local hero to many, especially those who work out in her classes. Help us cheer her on in the upcoming 2017 Regional CrossFit Games on June 2nd- 2017 in Portland. If you are downtown St Helens, you might just spy her training outside of her location.
#crossfit #physicalfitness #sthelensor #crossfitsthelens
Columbia County, OR- Columbia County has a habit of celebrating Earth Day with several clean ups in our communities. This year they are scheduled on Saturday, April 22nd. You can get involved by volunteering, cleaning up your property or even donating new and gently used residential building materials, home furnishing supplies.
Organizations like SHEDCO (St Helens Economic Development Corporation) have partnered with SOLVE Oregon to help make our community a beautiful place to live. In rural communities like ours, it takes a group of volunteers working together to make a difference. You can get involved by registering at http://www.solveoregon.org/get-involved/events/shedco%E2%80%99s-4th-annual-spring-cleanup. The 4th Annual SHEDCO Clean Up starts down at the Courthouse Plaza in St.Helens from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. Some of the volunteer tasks include picking weeds, trash pickup, sweeping, and flower planting. Volunteers are encouraged to bring a few tools and gloves if they have them. You can volunteer for an hour or two. You decide. There will also be fun activities for kids like face painting and free pumpkin starts while supplies last. Light snacks and beverages will be provided after the work is done to celebrate Earth Day.
Citizens are also encouraged to bring their unwanted items, yard debris, scrap metal, appliances and more see the flyer below for details for Spring Clean Up. You can also bring your new and gently used residential building materials, appliances, fixtures, and home furnishing picked up by local nonprofit Habitat for Humanity at three convenient locations: St. Helens High School, Scappoose High School, and Columbia City school. Drake’s Towing & Recovery is available for FREE Removal of your scrap vehicles, Call Ryan 503-438-6099.
This is your community. Local citizens are encouraged to help pitch in to make their community a cleaner place. Thanks for getting involved and celebrating Earth Day bycleaning up your local communities. #earthday #springclean #columbiacounty #hereincc
St. Helens, OR – Food and Art. Art and Food. No matter how you say it, Food and Art is an excellent combination. Add raising funds to help fight hunger and the event has elevated to a can’t be missed evening out called Empty Bowls. Empty Bowls is a fundraiser for Columbia Pacific Food Bank and its right around the corner on April 7th from 5:00 -7:00 PM at the McBride School Cafeteria in St. Helens.
What makes Empty Bowls so much fun? You get to pick out your bowl. It’s handmade pottery created by local retired teacher, Pat Brame. Oh, and he has friends that help him as well. Pat also sells his pottery at the event donating 25 % proceeds back to the food bank. Pat has been involved over the past 11 years, since the beginning of Empty Bowls. Then you get to pick out your soup. The eating part is pretty yummy thanks to local restaurants who donate the food. The Ridge Runners provide live music for entertainment.
Casey Wheeler, Executive Director for Columbia Pacific Food Bank, wants the community to know, ” The purpose of this event is to help people understand what food insecure families face in our community. Often they only have soup, bread and some water for dinner (if they are lucky). Often the parents do not eat so the children have something to eat.” Casey mentioned his favorite part of the event is ” Having the St. Helens Middle School Honor Society adopt this as one of their community service projects. They develop the theme, decorations, set-up the venue, serve food and drinks, clean up and help put everything away. Also, watching the interaction of people as they eat and pick out their bowls.”
This fundraiser is a ticketed event. You can purchase your tickets for $10.00 each at many local businesses such as Bertucci’s, Sunsations, Grocery Outlet and Scappoose Bagel. They have been known to sell out so don’t wait if you want to go. See you there!
Follow Columbia Pacific Food Bank Facebook page to stay up to date. #fighthunger #communityfun #art #food #columbiacounty #columbiapacificfoodbank