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.

 


“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.

 


“Why Staycation in Columbia County?”

You might agree that the month of  January is about goals and planning.  Why not make February the month to plan your upcoming vacations?  It’s winter.  What a better way to look forward to Spring and Summer than vacation planning.  In my opinion, we live in Mother Nature’s backyard.   Our winter months in Columbia County offer great weather for hiking and exploring.  If you plan a staycation this Spring or Summer, you can cut back on the drive time which gives you more time to relax.  Why not plan a few staycations right here exploring the Columbia County Parks?

Looking for more than a staycation.  Maybe you need a Summer vacation here in Columbia County or have friends who want to spend the Summer here?  Camp Wilkerson is currently looking for park hosts for the upcoming season. Camp Wilkerson will have a 2 bedroom single wide manufactured home available or a full hook up site for your motorhome or trailer. If you are interested, please call  503-397-2353 or email the parksdept@co.Columbia.or.us.

Sauvie Island

October & November 2014 Real Estate Statistics for Columbia County

The following are the October & November 2014 real estate statistics for the cities of Clatskanie, Columbia City, Rainier, Scappoose, St. Helens, Vernonia and Warren.   Each city statistics for October & November are located back to back to be able to compare the months.  Click on the images to view each spreadsheet.

Clats 10-2014_001 Clats 11-2014_001ColCity 10-2014_001 ColCity 11-2014_001
Rainier 10-2014_001 Rainier 11-2014_001 Scap 10-2014_001Scap 11-2014_001
St Helens 10-2014_001  St Helens 11-2014_001
Warren 10-2014_001