New Parking Area for Trestle Beach

 

Columbia City, OR Local Columbia County Free Recreation Area– Yearning to put your feet in the sand or miss the sound of waves lapping the beach, you can get your fill of both by checking out Trestle Beach right here in Columbia County.  You don’t need to drive all the way to the Oregon Coast.  It’s a river instead of an ocean but sometimes, it’s about being near water.

Trestle Beach has easy access to the Columbia River. It’s a short walk down thru a wide path in the woods and less than 1/4 mile in the sand down to the water.  If you have pets who love to swim or are looking for a quick walk along the river this is one of the closest to Columbia City and St. Helens.

Recent collaboration between Port of St. Helens, the City of Columbia City, citizens, and Oregon Department of Transportation helped move the project forward to create a safer more secure parking area for locals to enjoy this waterfront area.  The Port invested $9,000 not in the Port’s budget but the port commission found funds to commit to the project according to a recent news article from the Chronicle on Sept 2nd, 2015.

The Port of St. Helens officially opened this new entrance right off of Hwy 30 in the Industrial Area outside of Columbia City on August 28th.  The entrance takes you down a hill and back up the hill just follow the signs.  The parking area has room for up to approximatley  50 cars and has both a bathroom and a garbage container. Prior, residents were parking alongside busy Hwy 30.  This new option not only provides facilities at Trestle Beach open from  8am-7pm but a safer and secure area. Please be respectful and follow the rules to ensure us citizens of Columbia County can continue to access Trestle Beach. If you have any questions call Port of St. Helens at 503-397-2888.

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Map of New Parking Area for Trestle Beach
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Port of St. Helens new Public Access Parking Lot

 


June real estate market report

The following are June real estate statistics for the cities of Clatskanie, Columbia City, Rainier, Scappoose, St. Helens, Vernonia and Warren, as well as a regional report for Columbia County.  Click on the images to view each spreadsheet.


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.


May real estate market report

The following are May real estate statistics for the cities of Clatskanie, Columbia City, Rainier, Scappoose, St. Helens, Vernonia and Warren, as well as a regional report for Columbia County.  Click on the images to view each spreadsheet.


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.

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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.

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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.

 


Scappoose Farmers Market opens for 12th season

SCAPPOOSE — The Scappoose Farmers Market has returned for its 12th season.

Vendors will sell goods from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 27 in the Scappoose City Hall parking lot, and along Southeast Second Street, off of East Columbia Avenue.

Shoppers will find fresh, locally grown vegetables, fruits, and seasonal Oregon berries, as well as nursery plants, herbs, flowers, handcrafted items by local and regional artisans, and other items for sale.

On average, the market features between 22-24 vendors a week. For those who are interested in selling their wares at the market, contact the Scappoose Community Club for information about guidelines and fees.

Details: call 503-543-3469, e-mail scappoosefm@gmail.com, or visit the website www.scappoosefarmersmarket.com.

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‘Sailing for Sacagawea’ benefit May 31 in St. Helens

ST. HELENS — Sacagawea Health Center will host their 12th annual “Touch the Heart of Child” auction and benefit May 31 at the Columbia County Fairgrounds.

The theme of the event is “Sailing for Sacagawea”. It will include a hosted bar, appetizers and a barbecue dinner by Blackbird Catering, entertainment, and a silent and oral auction. Travel packages, fine art, pottery, glass works and other items will be up for bid.

Tickets are $45 each and can be purchased at Sacagawea Health Center, Houlton Bakery and the South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce in St. Helens, and at Fultano’s Pizza in Scappoose.

The Sacagawea Health Center is a non-profit organization that extends medical care and other services to students in Columbia County (regardless of having health insurance). Primary health care, such as, well-child examinations, immunizations, treatment for chronic conditions like asthma or diabetes, and sports physicals are offered.

The center also provides prevention services, including fitness and nutrition classes, and some mental health services, such as family counseling and counseling for depression.

Details: call 503-366-7696, or visit the website www.sacagaweahealthcenter.org. For real-time updates, like the Sacagawea Health Center on Facebook.

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