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Ten reasons to shop local BY MARY HEBERLING, St. Helens Development Corp. We all hear on the news, radio, internet to shop local. “Support your local businesses.” “Don’t forget that Ma and Pop Shop downtown!” But what really are the benefits of shopping local? Why should we support our community stores? Here are 10 reasons to shop locally. 1. Local Economic Stimulus - When you purchase at locally owned businesses rather than nationally owned, more money is kept in the community because they often purchase from other local businesses, service providers and farms. Purchasing local helps grow other businesses as well as the local tax base.  2. Non-Profits Receive Greater Support - Local business owners donate more to local charities than non-local owners.  3. Shopping Local Saves You Money - Out of town shops have done a good job of convincing us that local business equals expensive. If you add travel, fees to transfer items and your time, the overall cost is often much higher. 4. Shopping Local Saves Services - Private and public sector services tend to cluster around shops. As shops disappear so do hairdressers, banks, restaurants, etc.  5. Shopping Local Retains Our Distinctiveness - Independent shops create distinctive shopping experiences and stock different products. Local businesses respond quickly to the needs of local customers, stocking products to meet the changing population needs.  6. Customer Service is Better - Local businesses often hire people with more specific product expertise for better customer service. 7. Environmental Impact is Reduced - Small local business usually set up shop in the town/village center, providing a centralized variety that is much friendlier to a community’s walk score than out of town shopping malls. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss, and pollution. 8. Unique Businesses Create Character & Prosperity - The unique character of your local economy is defined in large part by the business that reside there, and that plays a big factor in your overall satisfaction with where you live and the value of your home and property. 9. Shopping Local Creates Jobs - Shops in our town create local employment and self-employment.  These people in turn spend in the local community. 10. You Matter More - It’s a fact that businesses respond to their customers, but your values and desires are much more influential to your local community business than the large big box stores.

See you all downtown supporting your local businesses!

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ichardson's Furniture began in 1959 when Lowell Richardson's daughter needed some upholstery work done on her car. Word of mouth spread among her friends and the basement of Lowell and Martha's home was soon a full time upholstery shop. The next few years required three different moves due to the growth of business until they opened a full service store at the present location on Columbia Blvd in St. Helens. Lowell and Martha were joined in 1970 by their daughter Eileen and her husband Chris October 1964 Grand Opening of Richardson’s Furniture in its current location. Kirby. In 1998 their daughter Anne and her husband Joe Davis joined the firm. The family tradition continues as Chris and Eileen's grandchildren have brought a 4th generation of family to the business. Richardson's Furniture still follows the credo started over 53 years ago by the Richardson family of “Furniture with a Future.” This means offering the best values, a great selection of product and the best possible service both before and after you have chosen your furniture. Richardson's currently displays over 22,000 sq. ft. of home furnishings from national names you know and trust, including: Simmons, Temper-pedic, Flexsteel, Lane and Ashley. We are also proud to carry many local brands that are produced in Oregon, including Stanton, Englander and Oakcraft. Our prices are discounted to save you money every day and on every item you choose. As always convenient in-home delivery is available to fit your location and time schedule. We feel shopping for your home should be a fun and relaxing experience. You are encouraged to take your time finding the right items to fit your home and your budget without any extra pressure from sales people. While we are happy to deliver your furniture immediately; special order is always an option and there is no extra charge to customize your furniture to fit your home. As you can see, at Richardson's, your way is the right way. Stop in today and see why Richardson's should be your home furnishing choice.

“Furniture with a Future.”




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We now carry the most respected brand in the world on our real estate sign. That’s a good sign for Columbia County and a good sign for our clients. We are extremely proud to have been invited to join Warren Buffett’s legendary Berkshire Hathaway – the world’s most respected company. Our clients speak very positively about our association with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and recognize how well its reputation for trust and integrity mirrors our own longstanding values. The Prudential Northwest Properties name changed to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate a few months ago, but the quality of service, the people, and our local company roots that date back to 1948 remain the same.

In addition to the wonderful people on our team, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices delivers big advantages to home buyers and sellers. In keeping with our reputation for providing advanced technology tools for our brokers and clients, we have recently launched localized Housing Report videos to help keep you aprised of local real estate prices and trends that impact your home’s value. In less than 60-seconds, you can get an accurate update on market activity and price trends in Columbia County. These short videos are created from current and historical local MLS data (not tax records, like some online property valuation calculators use) to give Meet our Columbia County team: (from left to right) Deb Parmley, you a true market snapshot. Julie Curry, Renee Pizzo, Molly Hruska, and Karen Blades.

If you know our local Columbia County real estate professionals, you know they provide exceptional real estate representation and are committed to supporting their clients and our community. If you are not familiar with us, please meet our brokers Deb Parmley, Julie Curry, Renee Pizzo, Molly Hruska, and Karen Blades. Combined, they bring nearly 80 years of local real estate experience to their clients. In addition to their passion for real estate, they are all active members of our community, supporting Community Meals, the Community Emergency Response Team, Scappoose Pow Wow SummerFest, the SSC Chamber of Commerce, the Oregon High School Equestrian Team, Columbia County Fair and Rodeo, and the Columbia County Board of Realtors.

Please visit our website at and take a look at our Market Videos today. While you’re there, enter your address in Market Watch and you will see what homes are listed and selling for in your neighborhood. This comparable information can be helpful in giving you an idea of what your home might sell for if you decided to list it. If you are in the market to buy or sell a home, or just have questions about the market, we invite you to call on us. When you choose Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, you gain a real estate specialist committed to your best interests and an entire team of trusted professionals dedicated to making it a great experience.

AT A GLANCE Company: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate (formerly Prudential Northwest Properties) Website: Phone: (503) 543-4808 Address: 33608 E Columbia Avenue, Suite 130, Scappoose, OR 97056 Background: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate offers residential and commercial real estate services and in-house mortgage lending. It joins a rapidly growing network with affiliates across the country and soon the globe. The company currently has 20 offices serving the greater Portland/Vancouver metro area through Central Oregon, the Yamhill County wine region, Oregon coast and Southwest Washington. It will soon increase its footprint throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Call us today at (503) 543-4808.

© 2014 BHH Affiliates, LLC. An independently operated subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, and a franchisee of BHH Affiliates, LLC. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices symbol are registered service marks of HomeServices of America, Inc.® Equal Housing Opportunity.

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Body, Mind & Face LLC

As a holistic Esthetician and Reiki Practitioner, I believe in healing your body – and your skin – naturally. After 10 years in the advertising industry and a bout with breast cancer, I felt the need to realign my career in order to help people feel better about themselves. I received my education at Euro Institute of Skincare and Wellness and opened my skincare business in October of 2009. I specialize in advanced, non-invasive antiaging technology such as Microcurrent (Non-Surgical Facelift), Microdermabrasion, Oxygen Therapy and LED Light Therapy. Facials are customized to your specific skin condition and skin care goals using products that support your skin’s own immunity. I have successfully treated all skin conditions, from Acne to Rosacea to Hyperpigmentation and Aging skin and Body, Mind & Face LLC everything in between! My salon now features a line of 261 South First Street, St. Helens natural makeup, Mineral Hygienics. This line is used Phone/Text: 503.369.7810 e-mail: extensively by physicians and dermatologists due to its Web: pure, non-comedogenic properties. It is a wonderful Find us on Facebook! natural, affordable line for all skin types, even the most sensitive. I am also trained and certified in Reiki Energy Healing and Acutonic Sound Therapy to help infuse your body and your mind with positive energy. I consider myself blessed with good health and the ability to work in a career I love right here in Columbia County where my kids attend school, so that I can be close to home and enjoy family and friends. — Patty Oliver, Owner, Esthetician & Certified Reiki Practitioner C10927


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2305 Old Portland Road • St. Helens, OR 97051

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COLUMBIA RIVER AUTO GLASS Columbia River Auto Glass, LLC is the only locally owned and operated auto glass company in Columbia County! Owner/Operators, Erin and Tricia Stockwell, take great pride in their family owned business, their customer service and excellent reputation. We are a mobile auto glass business, which means that we come to you! Rain or shine, we bring the materials and our shop (the auto glass van) to your home, place of business, repair shop wherever you need the replacement or repair to be completed. It’s a great convenience to our customers to work around their schedules, takes roughly an hour and

your vehicle is back together. We use a fast-setting urethane which allows our customers to get back on the road quicker than some of our competitors. • Yes, we replace auto glass. • Yes, we repair windshields. • Yes, we provide free quotes. • Yes, we are mobile. • Yes, we are able to bill insurance. Generally speaking we schedule within 24-48 hours. Being mobile gives us great flexibility. Call us today to get your FREE quote or to schedule an appointment. “It’s not as expensive as you think!” Contact: Columbia River Auto Glass, LLC for all of your auto glass needs! (503) 438-4106 C10923

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n an era of instant communications through social media websites, what relevance could a 133-year-old newspaper have?


s it turns out, quite a bit. The way Columbia County residents consume news may have changed over the last few decades, but the appetite for news about our community has not. . ”The way people consume news is changing,” said Don Patterson, publisher of The Chronicle, “and we’re changing with it.”


eginning with its purchase by Country Media in 2009, The Chronicle has worked steadily to stay abreast of readers changing habits. In May of that year, The Chronicle launched its first online offering, Since 2009, thechronicleonline. com has grown to become the recognized authority and most read news site covering Columbia County. Subsequently, The Chronicle added a presence on social media platforms, Facebook and Twitter as an outlet for news and a direct way to interact with readers.


n the spring of 2014, The Chronicle launched a version of its popular website for smart phones and other mobile applications. Mobile computing, accessing the internet through smart phones and portable tablet devices, is becoming more and more popular.


he new site offers users a rich visual experience. It displays photos, video and text in a pleasing and intuitive way. Navigation is similar to other popular news sites, so readers get a sense of familiarity the first time they visit. The site is also responsive, meaning it senses the type of device accessing it and adjusts the display to accommodate screen size, orientation and capabilities.


he Chronicle will also unveil a new web-based classified ad program to compliment its popular print classifieds. Customers will soon be able to enter print and online classifieds themselves by simply filling out a form.


nline classified ads are a growing part of our business,” Patterson said, “and soon we will be able to offer small advertisers an array of options that fit their budget.”


he Chronicle also adopted a philosophy of readers first, giving top priority to what subscribers want to see, both online and in print. “We encourage the members of our community to access The Chronicle’s content the way they want to.” The Chronicle makes all its print content available on its websites and makes all the website content available to all subscribers.

“At the end of the day,” Patterson said, “ it’s our readers that advertisers want to reach. It’s our readers who come first.”

1805 S. Columbia Boulevard, St. Helens, OR 97051 • • 503-397-0116

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a fun place for family and friends. A Twelve-lane Bowling Center, Pro-shop, Snack Bar, Arcade and Lounge with Oregon Lottery. OTL was built in 1960 by Activities, Incorporated. Six well known family businessmen, joined together to open the business: Marv Rasche, Lloyd Wegner, Dan May, Wes Trent, Chuck Semling and Pat Cody. The manager was Herman Dreier. The assistant manager was Dorothy Waggoner(Rofinot). Oregon Trail Lanes was named by Bernard Andrehsen, in a contest before the grand opening. There was another bowling center in town at the time OTL opened, it was Columbia Lanes. Columbia Lanes was located in the old Ace Hardware building. The owners Bill and Randy and Harriet Kraft Elma Kumpula closed the lanes about six years after OTL opened. Bill then went to work for OTL, drilling balls and coaching. He was said to be one of the best. Over the next decade Bud and Edna Reggenetter managed the center under the Activities group. Joyce & Harlan Hicks purchased the center in 1977, and operated for four years. The Center has been owned, for the most part by the Kraft family for the last 30 years; Randy Kraft, Harriet Kraft and Lori Kraft, originally purchased in 1981. There was a sale to Norm & Georgia Burnett from 2001-05. Then management was taken back over by the Kraft family, Lori, Brandon and Kellie and eventually sold to the next generation in early 2010. Now owned and operated by Brandon & Kellie Smith and Lori Kraft. Kellie, Brandon and Lori

Harriet Kraft joined her first bowling league in 1950 at Lucky Lanes in Portland. She served the game in almost every category, with a heavy focus on the Oregon State and Greater Portland Junior bowling programs. She served 14 years as Secretary of the Portland Junior Bowling Council. Harriet was an Oregon State Woman’s Bowling Association Hall of Fame Member and an accomplished bowler winning and placing in many tournaments on the local, state and national level. Harriet passed away in June of last year; she made her ‘mark’ on Oregon Trail Lanes. OUR NEXT GENERATION!

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ABout the CompAny: About the company: Northwest Plumbing Services employs Northwest four Plumbing journeyman Services plumbers employs and has four journeyman and for one been servicingplumbers Columbia County 21 apprentice years. and has been servicing Columbia County for 22 years. ServiCeS provided:

Repiping Services provided:

Repair leaks Repiping Repair Repair leaks or replace sewer laterals Repair plumbing fixtures 503-366-1323 Repair or replace sewer laterals CCB#77141 heater service or repair Repair Water plumbing fixtures (standard electric or gas, Marathon high efficiency and tankless models) Water heater service or repair New construction (standard electric or gas, Marathon high efficiency and tankless models) Remodels New construction ABout the ownerS: Remodles MEMBER

David and Mindy Sass have owned and operated Northwest Plumbing Services for

21 years. David began plumbing at 16 in Phoenix, Arizona, when he was hired at the About the owners: where his dad worked. Davidcompany and Mindy Sass have owned and operated Northwest Plumbing Services In 1990,David David began and Mindy moved toat Portland attend The University of Portland andhired David for 22 years. plumbing 16 in to Phoenix, Arizona, when he was became anwhere Oregonhis Journeyman Plumber at the age of 20. In 1991, David began SRDH at the company dad worked. Plumbing in Portland and then bought to Northwest Plumbing Services Scappoose of six In 1990, David and Mindy moved Portland to attend The inUniversity months later. Mindy has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and has used those skills to Portland and David became an Oregon Journeyman Plumber at the age of 20. manage the office. In 1991, David began SRDH Plumbing in Portland and then bought Northwest David and Mindy are active in the community, they are members of the St. Helens Sports Plumbing Services in the Scappoose months later.ofMindy has a bachelor’s degree Boosters Club, Columbia six County Chapter Coastal Conservation Association, in accounting hasand used skills to manage the office. Friends and of Fair, theythose support Windermere Foundation, Amani Center, Toy N Joy, DavidThe and Mindy are active inScappoose the community, they are members of the St.and Helens Columbia Foundation, Boosters, Columbia Pacific Food Bank many Sports other Boosters Club, the Columbia County Chapter of Coastal Conservation charities. Association, Friends Fair, theycoaching supportsoftball Windermere Foundation, Amani When not at work,ofyou can and find David or on the river while Mindy enjoys Center,watching Toy N their Joy, kids Theplay Columbia Scappoose Boosters, Columbia sports andFoundation, riding her horses. Pacific David Food and Bank andsee many other of charities. Mindy the beauty Columbia County through its people and nature. They thankful to live Whenare not at work, youand canwork findhere. David coaching softball or on the river while Mindy enjoys watching their kids play sports and riding her horses. David and Mindy see the beauty of Columbia County through its people and C10922 nature. They are thankful to live and work here. C12237



elcome to Saint Helens Market Fresh IGA, or Red Apple (as most of you know us by). First of all, I would like to thank the community for its support of local businesses. We are a locally owned and operated Community Grocery Store located in Saint Helens off of 12th street and Columbia Blvd. Our main focus is keeping things local. We are proud to be a part of such a great community and help our local small businesses get their products out including, but not limited to, Oregon Hill Farms, Sauvie Island Coffee, MOM’s BBQ sauce, Georgia’s Southern Kitchen, Kuys’ Cambodian Sauces, Jewell’s Bleu Cheese Dressing, and Captured By Porches Brewery. We would like to thank you all for supporting them as they continue to grow their local business.


s well as carrying locally made products we are a huge supporter of our local Non-Profits. For many years now we have donated thousands of dollars to local charities through our 1% program. If you would like to be a part of our 1% program, just donate your receipts from our store to your favorite Non-Profit and they can turn them into us and we will write them a check for 1% of the total receipts. Many of your favorite Non-Profits are already setup with us.


Garrett, Paige, Ashton and Ethan

735 S Columbia River Hwy, St. Helens (503) 397-1011


hank you for supporting all of our events. Our Truckload Meat Sales have become very popular and we will continue them as well as our Seafood Tent Sales. Our Seafood Sales Start April 11th & 12th, see you soon!


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As industrial era ends, City of St. Helens ponders how to redevelop its waterfront St. Helens could look radically different in the future if a bold plan now being considered by the city council becomes reality. The City is considering the purchase of two major waterfront properties that, together, would offer the opportunity to remake the city’s waterfront and control the direction of its long-term development. If plans are successful, three government entities, the City of St. Helens, Columbia County and the Port of St. Helens would control future development of most of the waterfront from Columbia City to Scappoose Bay The properties in question are the 17-acre former site of the Boise Cascade veneer plant in Olde Towne and the 200-acre site of the Boise white paper plant on Kaster Road. With the help of a grant, the City has hired a firm to assess community support, talk with stakeholders and provide a proposal for how the city might proceed. “This is a game-changer piece of property,” said City Administrator, John Walsh, at a recent meeting of the steering committee.

home for historic vessels. Those vessels could be part of a maritime historic center that would provide a regional draw for visitors much like the aviation museum in McMinnville. The Oregon State Marine Board has expressed an interest in building additional recreational docks or possibly a boat ramp for public use. The City would also like to see the historic downtown core revitalized. Connecting First Street with Plymouth Street would enhance access to Olde Towne. Some members of the committee see the potential to entirely restructure the way traffic moves to and from Olde Towne. The city must also maintain an adequate supply of land zoned and suitable for industrial use, if it expects to attract high-paying manufacturing jobs to the community. The Boise properties represent a major portion of industrial land in the City’s inventory. A current tenant, Cascade Tissue, operates two paper-making machines at the site, employing workers in high-paying manufacturing jobs of the type St. Helens would like to attract.

PRIME WATERFRONT PROPERTY If the City is successful in acquiring all the property it seeks, it will control about a mile and a half of waterfront, wetlands, current and former industrial sites, the sewage lagoon, docks and even a railroad spur. It could also face environmental issues from decades of industrial contaminants, especially on the white paper site and in the sewage lagoon. The 17-acre Boise Cascade property that sits at the confluence of Multnomah Channel and the Columbia River has been cleared of buildings and has minimal environmental issues, the City believes. Just south is the City’s sewage treatment plant and sewage lagoon. The lagoon covers 40-acres of the 50-acre site. The site was designed to process about 48 million gallons of contaminated wastewater per day, almost all of it from the paper producing operations at the mill. It currently processes all of St. Helens waste, about 1.5-2 million gallons a day. The lagoon is grossly oversized for current requirements and could be filled and converted to another use, if environmental issues can be dealt with. Due south, 200-acre parcel, that was the site of Boise’s paper mill, sprawls along Multnomah Channel. Much of the mill has been removed or abandoned, however, two paper machines, operated by Cascade remain. The site also contains railroad spurs, docks, water treatment facilities, softball fields and piles of unused equipment. Nearly half the site is undeveloped but may contain wetlands. The final parcel is a finger of undeveloped and environmentally sensitive land between Scappoose Bay and Multnomah Channel. It is popular with bird-watchers and kayakers and is undeveloped. Land belonging to the Port of St. Helens borders the property on the south. A CANVAS OF OPPORTUNITY What the City will do with the property, once owned, is the focus of the Waterfront Development Project. High on the City’s list of priorities is creating public access to the waterfront. Some members of the community would like to see public assess to water’s edge extend from Dalton Lake between St. Helens and Columbia City all the way to Scappoose Bay. Much of the northern portion of the property boasts deepwater access right up to shore, making it suitable for cruise ships and other commercial vessels. Such access might also accommodate a ferry to the Washington shore, dramatically cutting the commute time to Vancouver. Another possibility might be as a

CHALLENGES AHEAD The City of St. Helens faces a daunting job in reconciling widely divergent visions for the land. What role should the City play in redevelopment of its waterfront? “The white paper site has definite environmental problems,” Walsh said during a session with the steering committee. Parts of the properties are also inside the designated Willamette Greenways boundaries, a 1970’s era policy designed to protect views along the Willamette River. And the City must comply with statewide land use goals as well as its own urban growth and transportation plans. In anticipation of the opportunity to redevelop the waterfront, several years ago, the City of St. Helens created an overlay zone that allows for commercial and residential use of the northern-most property. Creation of the zone sparked complaints from both residents and developers about the potential impact of commercial redevelopment. Perhaps the toughest challenge the City faces is reconciling the divergent opinions of what the waterfront should look like. MOVING FORWARD On Feb. 5, 2014, the City of St. Helens signed an agreement to purchase the 17acre Boise Cascade veneer plant site. The city plans to pay for the property using timber from its Salmonberry Lake reserve. No agreement has yet been signed on the Boise white paper property. Mike Davis, a member of the design assessment team the City hired to assist with the creation of a plan insists, “Communities that have success have hundreds of people involved in the process.” The City, he said, should involve residents, developers and other stakeholders, whether they support the project or not. “If there is anyone who can throw sand in this process, we want to talk to them.” The city plans to hold a community meeting to give the general public a chance to give input into the project. “It’s all about developing a plan you can move forward incrementally,” said Davis. All of this is speculative. The city does not yet own any of the property, other than the sewage lagoon. But the idea of a vision developed by the residents of St. Helens, and perhaps more importantly, supported by the residents and stakeholders is certainly has a worthwhile endeavor.

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ayaking, a great way to exercise your body and mind


re you suffering from NDD (Nature Deficient Disorder) this season? Not getting outdoors enough, tired of being inside and looking for something to do outside that’s fun, easy and healthy? Maybe the gym isn’t inspiring anymore and high impact activities are not an option but you still want to do something outdoors other than walking. Flat-water recreational kayaking is a year round activity that is easy to learn, loads of fun and a positive, healthy activity for your body and mind. If you live in Columbia County odds are that you’re less than 10 minutes away from a first class paddling destination!


or those unfamiliar with kayaking, it shouldn’t be confused with competitive rowing or dragon boat racing. The basics to kayaking are very easy and quick to learn, it’s a sport that you’ll grow in and gradually get better at with time and practice. There’s no pressure to be instantly great or an Olympic paddler. Regardless of your fitness, anyone can go kayaking and benefit. Kayaks come in all shapes and sizes, there’s definitely a boat that will suit you. As a solo experience, kayaking will allow you to be on your own time schedule, be left to your own thoughts and reflections, and get away from all the demands and distractions that today’s busy lifestyle throws at us. Kayaking is also a great social activity, having a group of friends to meet up with and have at your side while discovering new water ways, enjoying the wildlife, weather and outdoor scenery.


side from being easy to learn, fun, and peaceful, kayaking also helps support a healthy living lifestyle. The benefits to your body from kayaking are multiple, from improving your flexibility, range of motion, providing aerobic and cardiovascular fitness, strengthening and


f you live in Columbia County odds are that you’re less than 10 minutes away from a first class paddling destination!”

conditioning to back, arm, leg, chest and core muscles. Paddling is a “Low Impact” activity, meaning that it has a lower risk of causing wear and tear on your joint and tissue groups. Simply put, not only is kayaking fun, it’s good for you! For those folks that are into other activities such as golf, tennis, hiking, and even bowling, kayaking is a great cross-training activity that helps retain muscle memory, stamina and strength. Depending on your mood or desired work out, you can make it a leisurely activity or push yourself into a more demanding paddling pace. Kayaking is also a great compliment to other hobbies such as photography or fishing, discover a new way to enjoy a hobby you already love out on the water while getting some exercise!


o now that you’re interested and ready to go you might be asking yourself, “How do I get started?” The best way to start kayaking is to simply rent or borrow one for a couple hours on a nice, flat, protected body of water. While at your local paddling shop, you can ask questions and talk with the experienced staff about technique, gear and other great places to try paddling or even sign up for a lesson. After you have discovered the basics you can decide whether this great sport is for you.


hope that you’re encouraged to explore kayaking and experience something new that will provide you with a lifetime of healthy enjoyment. Scappoose Bay Kayaking is located in Warren, OR and open Wednesdays through Sundays from 9 – 5pm and available for rentals each day, private lessons and tours are also available. Reservations can be made on our website www.scappoosebaykayaking. com or over the phone at 1-877-2PADDLE.


ee you out on the water! C12229

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St. Helens Liquor Store 10-7 Monday-Friday • 10-6 Saturday 420 Columbia Boulevard 503-397-1733

LocaL spirits can be purchased here!

SERVING COLUMBIA COUNTY SINCE 1975! Scappoose - 503-543-0902 33454A Chinook Plaza


St. Helens - 503-366-1363 155 S. Columbia River Hwy

Serving Columbia County for 14 Years! Farmers Insurance: Auto, Home, Business, Life Insured Northwest Inc: Health, Medicare, Long-Term Care.

Michael Ismert

51318 SW Old Portland Rd | PO Box AE | Scappoose, OR 97056 p. 503.543.3990 | f. 503.543-3990 C12249


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From humble beginnings come great things.


n 1996, while merely a freshman in college, Adam Sommers began investing for a small handful of friends and family. Although at first his investment advisory fees did not provide a lot of income, Adam’s wife, Teresa, supported his entrepreneurial spirit and their household finances with her teacher salary. As time marched on, Adam earned trust in the community through his participation and leadership in local organizations as well as his involvement in coaching with the St. Helens School District. Today, Sommers Financial Management (SFM), the only fee-only registered investment advisory (RIA) firm in Columbia County, is trusted by over 200 clients, overseeing more than $32 million in assets. lients often appreciate the fact that SFM works on their behalf, not for some megabank that pay inflated commissions and relies on crafty sales pitches to tout their products. With a fee-only business model, similar to an accountant or attorney, client’s pay a small management fee to have the security of knowing their hardearned cash is being handled with trust and integrity. Because SFM is independent, they can Adam Sommers, Founder customize investments to fit the needs of their clients, and often look beyond the old-fashioned mutual fund to smarter tax structured and less expensive strategies. (Yes, mutual funds have fees … although they are often hidden in legalese amid a 200 page prospectus.) Unlike most RIAs, SFM still offers a small community flavor with no minimum account size. n addition to investment and wealth management solutions for the discerning investor (or the juststarting-out family), SFM also offers financial plans and bookkeeping services for clients. he future looks bright with their recent expansion into Arizona and the promotion of Joyce Pereira to the role of Oregon Branch Manager. “People look to us for a variety of help: from tax solutions, real estate investments to college savings accounts - even short-term medical and long-term care insurance. If we don’t provide it, we can often point clients in the right direction so they can get answers that are in their best interest,” says Joyce. SFM has tripled in size during the five years she has worked with Adam. “People appreciate the assistance in tackling this big, complex financial world. We take this as a great Joyce Pereira compliment that we can serve the community and be their complete financial resource,” says Joyce. “To our clients - thank you for investing with us and your continued confidence. To those who need our help – bring your anxiety and fear to us. We assure you we will treat you fairly and strive within our ability to help you reach your goals. We will provide a pleasant experience that will make you wish you reached out to us years ago.” f you would like to know more about Sommers Financial, check out their website for frequently asked questions and a list of services, or call 503.397.1545.





Sommers Financial Management An Independent Fee-Only Registered Investment Advisor

T 503.397.1545 Office

ogether we invest with integrity! C12183


erving Columbia County for almost 25 years! Columbia erving Columbia County for in almost 25 years! Columbia NW has been specializing residential heating and NW Heating is a locally owned business that has been air conditioning solutions since 1989. We have been a in residential heating and air Tranespecializing Comfort Specialist for over 15 years. We conditioning service and solutions since 1989. We have been a Trane Comfort Specialist install, gas, oil, electric furnaces, air source and geothermal for over 15 years. We service and install, gas, oil, electric furnaces, heat pumps, air conditioning, heaters, air source andcentral geothermal heat pumps, tankless central airwater conditioning, electric waterelectric heaters, a full heaters, line of and life astyle tankless and watergas heaters, andand gas water full line of life stylefor enhancements the comfort enhancements the comfortfor of your home. of your home. WeWe areare also Nate Certified, a Certified Diamond Contractor for also Nate Certified, a Certified Diamond Contractor Mitsubishi, an Energy TrustTrust of Oregon Trade Ally,Ally, Check ME for Mitsubishi, an Energy of Oregon Trade Check Certified, PTCS Duct Sealing Certified, and IGSHPA Certified ME Certified, PTCS Duct Sealing Certified, and IGSHPA for installing WaterFurnace geothermal systems and offer 24 Certified forfor installing WaterFurnace systems hour service your convenience. We are geothermal proud sponsors of the and offer 24 hour Fair service your convenience. Columbia County andfor Rodeo, Sauerkraut Festival, Wings and Wheels, and the Pow Wow.are Wedrug also tested volunteer the Senior Our uniformed employees andfor background Centerfor Meals on safety, Wheels and program areup sponsors of house many local check your will and show to your and youth activities. strive to do the job right the first time.

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Serving Columbia County . . . A Year of Accomplishments! Thank you to our supporters and volunteers who made this possible. March 2013 CCHFH board selects Interim Executive Director • CCHFH board and ED consult with Diane & Dale Wiley of Forest Grove Habitat for Humanity ReStore. They generously share their extensive knowledge of ReStore Operations — Board decides to move forward with exploring a request to HFHI to open a ReStore in St. Helens; after which the board agrees to begin the formal lengthy submittal process April 2013 Columbia County Habitat for Humanity begins negotiations to lease space for ReStore business — Supportive Habitat volunteers hold two successful weekend liquidation sales of current store inventory to create a new home for Habitat May 2013 Terms of lease agreed to with St. Helens Community Federal Credit Union, with option to purchase — HFH International accepts CCHFH application to start, and carry the Habitat ReStore brand name, with official permission to open. A monumental achievement in itself — Successfully, Columbia County’s first Habitat for Humanity ReStore Donation Pickup Truck Restore is launched with help of enthusiastic volunteers on May 11 — the affiliate purchases first of two pickup and delivery Restore trucks Summer of 2013 Developed, with services of Lower Columbia Engineering, plans for construction of three homes Habitat homes in St. Helens — CCHFH ReStore develops strong online presence ( Columbia-County-Habitat-for-Humanity-of-Oregon-Restore/361300240636276?ref=hl) — Fall of 2013 City of St. Helens grants permits to begin construction October 2013 Dave Marble hired as full-time ReStore Manager November 2013 HFH Construction breaks ground for street construction for three Sykes Road Habitat homes, starting in 2014 Late Fall 2013 CCHFH Selected for HOME Foundation Grant by Oregon Association of Realtors — Began negotiations to exercise option to purchase of ReStore property December 2013 Applied for Choice Dollars grant from Thrivent Financial and partner participation in Thrivent Builds Program for home construction — Happily closed the New Habitat homebuyer, Mike McDougal. purchase of the ReStore location from the St. Helens Community Federal Credit Union January 2014 Mike Stone of Stone Builders generously agrees to oversee the day-to-day construction of the project — CalPortland and Hardcore Construction builds foundation for first home of three planned for Habitat site. Evergreen State Concrete Pumping provides pumping services. Knife River supplies rock for site. — Selected by Thrivent Financial for fund building grant and construction partnering. One of 124 applicants selected nationwide; one of only six applicants selected from the Pacific Northwest (Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and Idaho) January 2014 Habitat Home candidate selected by Family Selection Committee February 2014 CCHFH Board of Directors Mike McDougal. accepts selection of Mike McDougle as Homebuyer. Mike begins sweat equity hours immediately. — Habitat volunteers begin Construction Saturdays, in partnership with Thrivent Build volunteers — Habitat ReStore enters into a location agreement with PaintCare of Oregon March 2014 Wall Raising ceremony held on March 8, attended by new home buyer, local officials, project partners, members of CCF&R, Sen. Betsy Johnson, media, Habitat supporters and volunteers, and board members to celebrate a key benchmark in the construction of the first home in the Sykes Road development More exciting adventures to follow — For more information: Call us at 503-366-1400 (Ext. 2), or email Checks can be sent to CCHFH, PO Box 921, St. Helens, OR 97051. Your donations are tax-deductible. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation. Thanks.


164 Little Street Local Associates St. Helens, OR 97051 This ad made possible by a generous donation. Jason Susee & Eric McClung What it is really about. People helping people reach their dream of homeownership.

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Sweet Success: Dutch Bros. named Business of the Year Dutch Bros. Coffee was named Business of the Year at the South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce annual awards banquet held Feb. 24. The annual event, which honors businesses and individuals who contribute to the vitality of the business community, was attended by many of the prominent dignitaries and business owners in the county. Snow forced postponement of the event, originally scheduled for Feb. 6. That didn’t seem to dampen the

enthusiasm displayed for the honorees, however. “We are truly honoredBaristas from Dutch Bros. in St. Helens and Scappoose, gather to accept the Business of the Year receive this award,” said Kevin Murphy, owner and operator of the local Dutch Bros. franchises. “Our local community has supported us so much over the past six years.” Murphy operates locations in St. Helens and Scappoose, employing about 20 baristas. Several of his employees attended the event and accepted the award with Murphy. According to the South County Chamber office, Murphy has given well

over $95,000 to the community since the first Dutch Bros. opened in St. Helens in 2008. Some of the local causes he supports include the St. Helens Parent Teacher Organization, Columbia River Fire & Rescue, Columbia Humane Society, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Columbia Pacific Food Bank and Toy-n-Joy. “We love what we do and being a part of the community. Whenever we do a fundraiser the local support has been absolutely surreal,” Murphy said in a prepared release. “It is an honor to partner with great organizations annually. We look forward to another

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Baristas from Dutch Bros. in St. Helens and Scappoose, gather to accept the Business of the Year award. great year ahead. Thank you.” The St. Helens Elks Lodge No. 1999 received the “Community Impact” award, given to the nonprofit or service organization to have the greatest positive impact on

the south county. St. Helens businessman Keith Forsythe took home “Citizen of the Year” and Columbia County Commissioner Henry Heimuller received “Commerce Advocate of the Year.”

Jeff Kemp, owner of Pacific Stainless, accepted the award for “Business Person of the Year” and Diane Dillard, a local community advocate and long-time resident, received the “Lifetime Achievement Award.”


Sunset Auto Parts established in 1978 Scappoose Auto Parts 51813 Col. River Hwy. 503-543-6318

St. Helens Auto Parts 2013 Col. Blvd. 503-397-0224

Forest Grove Auto Parts Aloha Auto Parts Hillsboro Auto Parts Astoria Auto Parts Longview Auto Parts Banks Auto Parts Seaside Auto Parts Castle Rock Auto Parts Seaview Auto Parts All can be seen at WWW.SUNSETAUTOPARTS.COM


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You can’t beat a room at the Best Western!

Olympic Industrial Park 58351 Industrial Way St. Helens, Oregon 97051


lympic Industrial Park, St. Helens premier industrial space, is one of Columbia County’s hidden gems. Conveniently located on the south end of St. Helens, the industrial park has quick and easy access to U.S. Highway 30. The site offers various sizes of space for your new or expanding business. lympic Industrial Park has been owned and operated by Eric Dahlgren (well known as the owner/operator of Dahlgren’s Do It Best Building Supply) since 2010, and is a perfect location for various types of business and industry. The park is already home to several highly successful ventures. ne of Olympic Industrial Park’s best known tenants is Ye Ol’ Grog Distillery, which produces and distributes fine spirits like Good Morning Glory Grog and St. Helens Vodka. The site is also home to Les Schwab Tire Company, Rogue Multi-Sport, an event timing company providing services to the Happy Valley Fun Run, Timberline Marathon,



Grants Pass Half Marathon and others; and Control Solutions, a calibration and instrumentation services company. ndustrial land is one of the state’s most valuable resources in terms of net contributions to the state’s economy and tax base. Industrial sites that are pre-built or shovel-ready are increasingly difficult to find, which makes this St. Helens location a perfect site for your new or expanding business. Olympic Industrial Park currently has approximately 3,000 square feet available for occupancy, with expansions plans to add another 25,000 square feet perfect for warehousing, support offices and production. inancing and flexible terms are available to assist your growing business, and buildings can be constructed to suit your specifications and/or needs.


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Oak Meadows Inn


e have been open for almost 20 years. Our staff serves about 20,000 customers a year, and we pride ourselves in serving superior customer care, earning the Director’s award in 2013. Serving all types of sectors: business, corporate, government as well as leisure. When you stay at Best Western in St. Helens it is your home away from home.


For more information about Olympic Industrial Park, call Eric Dahlgren at 503-3970086 or 503-784-5172

Best Western Oak Meadows Inn 585 S. Columbia River Highway St Helens 503-397-3000

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Concrete Design & Construction, Inc.


rtisan Concrete Design & Construction, Inc. was started in 2005 by Kevin Sullivan. Prior to starting the business he had 12 years of experience with Franklin Concrete Construction and Hoffman Structures, Inc. His business card promotes broomed, exposed aggregate, stamped and stained flatwork. Garage slabs, pole barn floors, basements and heated floor slabs are also popular requests. Artisan also does foundation walls and additions, retaining walls, steps and landings. Artisan has done decorative overlays and floor fills for uneven basement floors. Window wells for egress windows are also common with basement remodels. Dry finishing repair work on existing concrete is a standard request.


rtisan has expanded its portfolio by including custom masonry work in its resume. Community projects include stick-on stone walls, brick mailboxes, and decorative stone columns for gates and signs. Grace Baptist church, Rocky Point Marina, and Columbia River Foursquare church show some of Artisan’s masonry handiwork. Rich Mawson is the journeyman mason for these high-end projects. The Foursquare Church across from DMV also includes 18,000 square feet of dyed and polished concrete, which creates a low maintenance and decorative floor. The slow economy kept Artisan from expanding its polishing business and Artisan Concrete, LLC, an associate company, was closed.


evin has worked on large commercial pours. In his 21 years of experience he has done many stamped concrete patios, driveways and swimming pool decks. The biggest all-stamped project is over 3,000 square feet and had 8 colors swirled together as part of the pattern. A larger job was done over 3 summers and combined

stamped and exposed aggregate. For several years Kevin assisted in teaching decorative concrete to new concrete apprentices. Reyes Navarro is Kevin’s lead carpenter/foreman and has 10 years’ experience between Franklin Concrete and Artisan.


art of Kevin’s community involvement has included coaching rec league softball and soccer and as an assistant coach to the boys high school tennis team. Kevin enjoys teaching and has had opportunities to coach many of your kids.


rtisan Concrete can assist in designing a project and always tries to give a potential customer all the information needed to make an informed decision that meets budget. This especially applies to residential customers who may feel intimidated by contractors or the project. Artisan Concrete doesn’t cut corners on materials or the structural integrity of the work. Their ad in the classifieds has a tag line of “many happy customers.” It really is true. Over the years they have completed a lot of work in Columbia County and return customers are many. They also experience unsolicited referrals from their customer base. Portfolio books and completed projects are available for viewing .

From Simple...To Elegant...To Wow!

Concrete Design & Construction, Inc.

Kevin W. Sullivan - CCB# 183456

60365 Robinette• Cell: Road503-396-6196 Phone & Fax: 503-366-1669 St. Helens, OR 97051 Cell: 503-396-6196 Licensed, Bonded, Insured ........................................ Many Happy Customers!


n summary, the staff of Artisan Concrete is comfortable working with any customer or contractor, and has the knowledge and experience in all types of concrete construction to make any project a successful one.


evin Sullivan can be reached at: 503-396-6196 (cell), 503366-1669 (office), or by email at kevin.artisanconcrete@q. com. He looks forward to meeting and working with you in the near future.

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The SooT BuSTerS Inc. @ 1370 Col. Blvd. started as a “good idea,” to make some extra money for our family back in the Fall of 1990. The family-owned, home-based business started as chimney cleaning only. What we have called a ‘walk of faith,’ The Soot Busters has evolved and grown over the past 23 22 ½ years to Complete Chimney Services, including cleaning, repairs, replacing chimney pipe, putting in new chimneys, etc. Our retail shop offers full-lines of Quality Wood • Pellet • Gas Fireplace Products as well as complete products for inSteve and Jo Messenger stallation of hearths, chimneys and fireplace inserts and stoves. In 1999 we acquired our building & The St. Helens Vac & Sew business from Paul Stonebrook on Columbia Blvd. He continues to repair and service the Vacuum & Sewing machines. We carry Vac Bags & Belts, Parts for Kirby & most brands. We would like to invite everyone to drop by and get theirs from us. We enjoy our customers. Thank you Columbia County for supporting us, we are blessed by your friendship and thankful for your patronage. C12211

Stella Salon and Spa

COLUMBIA PACIFIC FOOD BANK To alleviate hunger by creating access to healthy food and resources. Columbia Pacific Food Bank is a community based nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting hunger and its underlying causes. We work to acquire and distribute thousands of pounds of food and household items each year. The products we receive move through our warehouse to emergency food pantries and local hunger-relief agencies throughout Columbia County. These member agencies offer assistance to hungry families and individuals who are in need throughout the communities in the county.


t Stella Salon and Spa we strive to provide a quality service, at an affordable price, in a comfortable environment. We are dedicated to this community and making our friends, family, and neighbors look and feel their very best. Our stylists specialize in haircutting and color for the whole family. We also provide facial waxing. Call to schedule your next appointment, we would love to hear from you.

Contact us if you are interested in having a food drive or fundraiser for the benefit of the food bank or if you wish to donate non-perishable food items, money, or your time. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political preference or disability.

Stella Salon and Spa

474 Milton Way, St. Helens, OR 97051


33555 E. Columbia , Scappoose 971-271-3198 •


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Dianna’s Formal Affair has everything you’ll need to get outfitted for your big event. From tuxedos to wedding, bridesmaids, flower girls, prom gowns, quinceanera to cruise wear, or even that cute summer dress, you can find it on Highway 30 in Scappoose. Dianna’s Formal Affair has been in its current location at 52131 Columbia River Highway for the last seven years after spending its first 3 years located near Scappoose City Hall.

1370 Col. Blvd., St. Helens • 503-397-0390 CCB#119041C12186


100 Port Avenue, St. Helens, OR • 503-397-1012


Next time you’re looking for an outfit for the office, church, dance or wedding, stop by Dianna’s Formal Affair. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dianna’s on Saturdays. If those times don’t work for you, call 503-543-0291 to set up an after-hours time. Formal Affair 52131 Columbia River Hwy Scappoose, Oregon 97056 •


Dianna herself has resided in Columbia County for 24 years and will be celebrating her 10 year Anniversary as the business owner in June 2014.

We are Liberty Bookkeeping and Tax. While that may tell you exactly what we do, who we are is another story. Business partners Patt Johnson and Melissa Clegg are both licensed tax consultants with bookkeeping experience. The two worked together for about six years at another tax service, but then decided to venture out on their own. They have now been serving customers in the area for 22 years. Patt and Melissa compliment one another quite well. They have very loyal customers, finding that many – even after moving away – still mail, fax or email their taxes back to them. Liberty Bookkeeping and Tax is open year-round. As the name says, they provide bookkeeping and payroll services for small businesses in the area. No appointments are necessary and turn around time is typically a week. Patt and Melissa are hometown people trying to make doing taxes easier for you. They love their jobs and always do their best.

2264 Columbia Blvd., St. Helens 503-397-4527



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Shop Our Retail & Job Training Center Consignment Mall New & Repurposed • Books • Dishes • Clothing • Furniture • Jewelry • New Stuff • Yard & Garden

• Art & Collectibles • Electronics • Shoes & Accessories • Consignments • Toys

Support Columbia County Families

“Reducing Poverty One Adult At A Time” Store and Donation Hours: Open - Tuesday - Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm Sunday 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Help us make a difference!!

Our Mission

“Inspiring, motivating, and empowering adults in overcoming obstacles and promoting emotional self-sufficiency.”

DAVID GREENLEAF 503-438-0909

Our Vision Our vision is to reduce poverty one adult at a time. We support adults in achieving their potential by offering an array of services that increase knowledge and capacity. We assist them with the skills needed to become resultsoriented, collaborative, adaptive, sustainable and competitive in today’s job market. Job Readiness Training gives adults a clear understanding of what employers are looking for an how to use the talents they possess to their best advantage, fostering the competitive edge needed to be successful in the job market.


Donate your clean usable clothing and household items and help support Job Readiness Training in our community. Like us @ ReWork ReSore

ReWork ReStore is a non-profit resale and consignment store created to provide Job Readiness Training for local residents who need to strengthen their employment skills. 114 S. 17th St., St. Helens, OR 97051 • (503)410-5660 •


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"David Greenleaf of Greenleaf Tree Relief LLC was just plain terrific. He took down two large trees, removed some dangerous limbs, was careful of other nearby bushes, trees, and buildings, and then to top it off, completely cleaned up after himself. I would recommend David for any needed tree service and plan to use him again for additional pruning. – Dr. Dan Mannen Family Vision of Oregon, PC St Helens, Oregon

"I cannot more heartily recommend Greenleaf Tree Relief for any of your tree care concerns. David Greenleaf is a knowledgeable arborist who promptly and efficiently provides solutions for problems associated with trees. When I needed someone to take care of problems at my house, Greenleaf Tree Relief scheduled an appointment for an assessment within a matter of days. Two days later, my problems were gone, and I had a big load of future firewood to boot! When I needed tree relief, Greenleaf was there for me!"

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Scappoose Post Office may be added to historic registry T

he U. S. Postal Service building in Scappoose may soon be added to the National Register of Historic Places. A consulting firm in Portland has nominated the 48-year-old building to the registry as an example of the Modern style of architecture. The building belongs to the federal government. The post office opened in February 1966 and is a good example of a one-story Modern era building. It is constructed of reinforced concrete and covered with a flat asphalt roof. The 4,516-square-foot building sits on a city block and was designed by the Portland architecture firm of Stanton, Boles, Maguire and Church. The Sentinel Mist reported its estimated cost at $125,000 in 1965. The application states, “Architecturally and functionally, little has changed at the Scappoose Post Office in five decades that follow. The property continues in its original use, serving the Scappoose community.” There are dozens of post office buildings similar to the one in Scappoose throughout Oregon. Post offices in Myrtle Creek,


at entered the mortgage industry in 1998 and grew to love the aspects of problemsolving and helping people make the best financing decisions. Realtors and clients count on her experience and forthright, honest advice. When clients don’t have the credit or funds to make a purchase, Pat helps them develop a plan for success. When they’re ready, she helps them evaluate all the options and choose the right loan program. There’s no better feeling for her than when a client calls to say they’ve done everything on the list and are now ready to purchase, or tells her she made them feel comfortable throughout the complicated financing process. Pat loves to travel and explore different environments, and her hobby of birding has taken her


LaGrande, Florence, Albany and Portland’s Creston station are all examples of Modern style. Anyone may apply for inclusion of a property on the historic register, but privately owned properties must have the owner’s permission to be considered. In the case of a public-owned property, such as the Scappoose location, the applicant is encouraged to work closely with the governmental body involved. The Scappoose post office is included in a multiple property application, also filed by Heritage Consulting Group in Portland. The nomination seeks to have postal facilities identified in a 2012 study by URS Corporation on behalf of the Untied States Postal Service that were built between 1940 and 1971 added to the registry. The Oregon State Advisory committee on Historic Preservation will meet on Feb. 20 and 21 to consider the nomination. If the committee accepts the nomination it is referred to the Keeper of Records of the National List for final approval.

to many interesting destinations such as Africa. She is active as a volunteer in her local community, helping provide meals and support to the elderly and less fortunate, as well as serving on the board of directors for the historic Scappoose Fairview Cemetery. Northwest Mortgage Group Inc., founded in 1995, is built on a philosophy that puts fairness and customer service above all else. When you choose Northwest Mortgage Group, you’ll get much more than a traditional mortgage broker—you’ll get a full-service lending partner. All our underwriting, processing, and funding of loans is done primarily in-house, which makes the loan process more efficient for everyone involved.

Pat Olson

Mortgage Professional | NMLS-112877

503.543.9797 direct

51699 Columbia River Hwy, Suite 100 Scappoose, OR 97056

Team members Betsy Stephens, Production Assistant Betsy works closely with Pat and clients throughout the loan process. Kelli Anderson, Marketing Assistant Kelli follows up with clients after closing and helps provide them with ongoing educational materials and updates.

NMLS-40562 | Northwest Mortgage Group, Inc. | Not all applicants will qualify.




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Unemployment numbers on slow but steady decline BY SHARI PHIEL Oregon’s January unemployment numbers show a continuing slow but steady decline. The seasonally adjusted rate of 7.0 percent for January was a bit lower than the 7.7 percent rate for December 2013. January’s numbers continue the trend of steady decline seen over the past 12 months. In January 2013, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the state was 8.3 percent. However, Oregon continues to have higher unemployment rates than the national average. The seasonally adjusted rate for January 2014 for the U.S. was 6.6 percent. This marks a significant improvement over 2013 as well. The national rate started out at 7.9 percent a year ago and has generally continued to decline each month. The exception for 2013 for both Oregon and the U.S. came in December, which had unemployment rates of 7.1 and 6.7 percent, respectively. In Columbia County, January 2014’s seasonally adjusted rate of 7.4

represented a notable decline over both the prior month and the prior year. The December 2013 rate for Columbia County was 8.2 percent and the January 2013 rate was 9.2 percent. Neighboring counties like Clatsop, Tillamook and Multnomah continued to have lower unemployment figures. The Clatsop County seasonally adjusted rate was 5.9 percent; Tillamook’s rate was 6.2 percent and Multnomah County came in at 6.3 percent. Nonfarm employment Total nonfarm employment in January 2014 was down slightly from the prior month but rose over the same period last year. Nonfarm employment for January 2014 was 9,720, that’s down 230 jobs compared to December’s employment total of 9,950. However, January 2014 was up by 170 jobs compared to January 2013. The biggest declines from December 2013 to January 2014 came from private sector jobs which saw loses in construction (-40); manufacturing (-30); trade, transportation and utilities (-50); financial activities (-10); professional services (-20); education (-40) and

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leisure and hospitality (-30). By comparison, government jobs saw very little decline over the prior month. Federal jobs were unchanged; state government jobs were up slightly (+10) and local government were down (-20). When comparing January 2014 to the same period the year prior, the biggest

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The Pinpoint Acupuncture Clinic, PC Is it normal to be on 4 to 15 medications? Why can’t we treat the root cause and also address the day-to-day symptoms of a disease? Why don’t the doctors view the body as a whole person rather than a machine that has a broken part? Is this (sickness) just how It is or is there another way? These are questions that have driven Brad Whisnant, Doctor of Acupuncture, to find the answers. He has found those answers by practicing a medicine that has been around for more than 3,000 years and now modern research can prove its effectiveness. Brad Whisnant is a board certified and licensed doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental medicine. He runs his acupuncture practice at

36200 Pittsburg Road in St. Helens where he sees over 100 patients a week. Whisnant is a native Oregonian who has spent his entire life helping others. He served four years in the US Marines and then graduated from Portland State University and began a career of helping others in many different aspects. At age 34, he enrolled in the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and graduated in 2007 with a Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture. He then travelled around the world volunteering his medicine to the peoples of India, Honduras, Guatemala, Vietnam and America. In 2011 he graduated from the Emperors College in California with

a Doctorate degree in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. Less than 3 percent of all acupuncturists in the USA have a doctorate of acupuncture. Currently Brad is the only Doctor of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in Columbia County. Brad has treated over 35,000 patients and has been taught by world-class acupuncturists and master herbalists. At the Pinpoint Acupuncture Clinic he treats most Western illnesses and disease processes with a combination of acupuncture and herbal medicine. Our mission statement at the Pinpoint Acupuncture Clinic? Where medical excellence is our minimum standard.

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Streetscape plan in the works for St. Helens BY DON PATTERSON publisher Some of the major thoroughfares in St. Helens may take on a new look in the future, thanks to a

plan being developed by the city. A study funded through a $200,000 grant will develop a master plan to guide future design and appearance on portions of U.S. Highway 30 and Columbia Boulevard.

Columbia Boulevard west of 13th Street

The Corridor Master Plan will create a streetscape plan to enhance the appearance and function of roadways, which can then be used to guide future improvements to the study areas.

Those areas include Highway 30 between Gable and Pittsburg roads, as well as Columbia Boulevard and St. Helens Street between Highway 30 and Olde Towne. The city’s goal is to

provide good access to area businesses and create an attractive and safe environment for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians. Street designs will incorporate landscaping, public art and traffic-

Highway 30 between Gable Road and Columbia Boulevard

calming devices like curb extensions. The plan may also recommend changes to city building codes or ordinances to encourage future development that complements the overall design.

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Don’s Rental started quite a few years ago in 1958. The original location was on Columbia River Highway, approximately where Dutch Bros. Coffee is currently located. The first picture is of Don’s Appliance Service on Highway 30 and there is also a picture of Don working on the bench repairing appliances. It didn’t start out as an equipment and party rental store though. That concept was just starting to happen in California but hadn’t made it all the way north to little St. Helens at that time. Don’s Rental began as Don’s Appliance Service. In those days, small household appliances were expensive. You didn’t always buy new and you would take them in to be repaired when they broke. Don sold new and used vacuum cleaners, toasters, irons and many other things, even some washing machines. You could even trade-in your old vacuum cleaner for a new one and buy it on time. Many things have changed since then, including Don’s Appliance Service. The business grew and thrived in St. Helens. In about 1965, Don bought a few items to rent to people in the town. He began with a ladder, an appliance dolly, a floor scrubber and a couple of other items. This was the very beginning of what Don’s Rental is today. He slowly added new equipment as he got requests. He moved from his beginning location

on Columbia River Highway to 2254 Columbia Boulevard, the current location of Grammy’s Books. At that time, Don changed the name to Don’s Appliance and Rental Service. Don continued to add to the rental inventory and also began repairing lawn mowers as well as still selling and repairing vacuum cleaners and other small household appliances. Don’s parents, wife and one hired mechanic helped customers and helped with cleaning and repairs, and kept things running smoothly. Don added to the rental inventory regularly and was beginning to run out of space. Don’s Appliance and Rental Service needed to expand again. Don began construction on his current location at 2274 Columbia Boulevard in the fall of 1972 and moved into the building on New Year’s Day 1973. He also decided to change the company name again to its current name of Don’s Rental. He thought with the new building that he would have too much space, but he was wrong. It seemed that no matter what, he never seemed to have enough space for all of the rental equipment.

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He started attending a tradeshow dedicated to rental equipment and things really started to grow. Don soon added party rental equipment to his inventory. You could now get tables and chairs for your home party. In 1989, Don’s son, Dave came back to work for the company. Don’s Rental moved into the 21st Century in 1990 when he computerized. Party rentals were increased and vacuum and small appliance sales were discontinued. Party rentals were expanded to tents and even added Halloween costumes for rent. Don has slowly turned over day-to-day operations and control to his son, Dave. Many things have changed over the last 50plus years however, their friendly and personal service have not.

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OUR MISSION: Offering people of our community assistance to sustain local natural resources.

The Columbia SWCD was created in 1946 and has been serving the citizens of Columbia County ever since! We have 7 board members, elected during the general election, and come from all corners of the county. From St Helens, to Birkenfeld, to Clatskanie‌the whole county is represented. The Columbia Soil and Water Conservation District is here to provide technical assistance, educational outreach, and other conservation services to landowners, managers, and citizens of Columbia County. The District provides local level leadership in delivery of state water quality programs, watershed enhancement programs, and other local conservation efforts both urban and rural. The District coordinates and partners with state and federal natural resource agencies, private organizations, and local governments to insure Columbia County remains a wonderful place to live, work and play. MEET THE STAFF Kari Olsen-Hollander, District Manager, has been with the district for over 6 All of our services are free to the public. years. No two days are the same at the district office and that is what makes it enjoyable for her. The landowners are wonderful to work with and the District staff and local partners make a great team. Some of the services we provide:

Come visit us at our new offices 35285 Millard Road St Helens, OR 97051 Visit our website WWW.COLUMBIASWCD.COM And like us on FACEBOOK Columbia Soil and Water Conservation District

Conservation Planning Pasture management Invasive Weeds Native Plants Education and Outreach Stream Bank Restoration Water Quality We are also available to do workshops or presentations to local groups or schools on various conservation topics

Tyler Joki, Resource Conservationist, has been with the District since August of 2009. He has a BS and MS in Biology from Portland State University and a Graduate Certificate in River Restoration. Tyler handles the Technical Assistance aspects of the District’s mission, as well as project coordination and landowner outreach Nathan Herr, Conservation Specialist, has been with the District since January of 2012. He has a BS in Environmental Science and a minor in Fisheries from Oregon State University. He has been hired by the District to provide assistance with landowners to develop and establish riparian buffers throughout the county using the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program. Malyssa Page, Operations Administrator, has been with the District since April of 2009. Malyssa handles the day to day operations in the office and enjoys doing education and outreach events.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Zone 1, Randy Bergman - Director; Zone 2, Jason Busch - Vice Chair; Zone 3, Kay C. VanNatta - Treasurer; Zone 4, Dave Freytag - Director; Zone 5, Craig Ellis 1; Bill Eagle - Chair; At Large 2, Lona Pierce - Secretary

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Trying to bring your business to Columbia County? There is lots of help BY SHARI PHIEL


hen it comes to economic development in Columbia County, there’s no shortage of agencies, organizations, groups and nonprofits dedicated to that task. There’s also no shortage of acronyms to remember them by (enough to give a bowl of alphabet soup a run for its money). From CCET to Col-Pac, from SHEDCO to MESO, if you’re a business owner – or a potential business owner – it can be difficult to know where to turn. In addition to each of these groups, many of the individual cities in Columbia County are focused on economic development. To better understand what each organization does, let’s look at some of the key players: CET – Columbia County Economic Team This county associated entity is led by its executive director, Chuck Daughtry, who came to Columbia County from the Port of Cascade Locks last July following the departure of previous director David Stocker. AmeriCorps worker Drew Barbier joined CCET in September. He will remain until July 2014. CCET has four clearly defined goals: “to expand, retain and recruit businesses and industries”; to increase the per capita income and diversify the economy; coordinate delivery of professional economic development services; and to provide leadership. Unlike some of the other groups and agencies, CCET looks at the county as whole. “We’re a nonprofit 501(c)6 set up to facilitate economic development throughout the county. We are not the county, but the county does help finance us,” said Daughtry. “They’re a member. And all of the cities within the county are members, too.” For Daughtry, the outlook for Columbia County is definitely positive. In fact, the agency is currently working on expanding the enterprise zone in Vernonia to allow a company already located there to grow. “I see opportunities everywhere. The county is perfectly situated for growth. It’s


got a lot of available land and it’s close to a metropolitan area,” he said. But Daughtry recognizes there is a lot of work to be done to get everyone in the county, including the cities and other agencies, all moving in the same direction when it comes to how the county will grow. “People maybe differ a bit about the impacts of economic development. But everyone really wants to see jobs, they want to see growth – there are very few that don’t,” he adds. CCET bills itself as a one-stop shop for business services. The agency is helmed by 25 board members (three of those as ex-officio) who represent city government, local industry, the Port of St. Helens and county government. For more about CCET, visit the website at HEDCO – St. Helens Economic Development Corporation This group was formed when a “group of like-minded volunteers” decided they wanted to find a way to revitalize St. Helens, especially focusing on area like Olde Towne and the Houlton district near Highway 30 and Columbia Boulevard. Their efforts are visible all over the city. From storefront art displays, to planting flowers in flower boxes along some main thoroughfares to developing a thriving Mainstreet program, these volunteers definitely keep busy.   Some of the group’s projects have included assisting with the Columbia County Courthouse clock renovation, co-sponsoring the 2013 Fourth of July festivities and the St. Helens Sculpture Scroll, which aims to install sculptures along Columbia Boulevard. This project is in the very early stages. The group meets monthly and encourages anyone interested in St. Helens’ economy to attend. Unlike other agencies, SHEDCO is a non-profit without any taxing authority. Instead, it relies on private and corporate donations, grants, endowments and fundraising events. SHEDCO has eight voting board members who represent local businesses and citizens, as well as three nonvoting board members. The non-voting members function as city council liaison, staff liaison and Mainstreet program coordinator.



ol-Pac: Columbia-Pacific Economic Development District In contrast to other agencies in the county, Col-Pac isn’t focused on economic development strictly for Columbia County. This private non-profit covers all of Columbia, Clatsop and Tillamook counties, as well as parts of Washington County. Governed by a 17-member volunteer board, Col-Pac’s mission is to promote and sustain healthy communities in the district through retention, diversification and expansion of the economic base. “The goal is healthy and thriving communities. A strong and diversified economic base that provides familywage jobs is a significant component and contributor to healthy communities,” says the organization. The organization also provides a business development loan program designed to serve as flexible gap financing for the expansion of existing businesses, the start up of new businesses as well as for creating new (or even saving) jobs. Col-Pac meets jointly every other month with the Northwest Oregon Economic Alliance. Meetings are rotated through each of the four counties. For more information, go to ort of St. Helens Although not a countywide agency, development on port-owned properties in Clatskanie, St. Helens, Scappoose and Columbia City definitely has an impact on the residents of the county. And each of its properties has a different focus. “Port Westward is focused as an energy cluster. It could be bio-fuel, it could be solar, it could be ethanol, petroleum or coal – things that would be energy related. It’s just like how the [Scappoose] Airport is our aviation cluster but that doesn’t mean just flying planes in and out. There’s manufacturing and aviation too,” said Executive Director Pat Trapp. Promoting port facilities


comes from working with state agencies like Business Oregon, as well as from advertising and attending industry events. Unlike some of the local nonprofits, some funding for the port comes through tax dollars collected by the county. In 2013, the port received about $316,000 in tax revenues. Trapp says coordination with other economic development agencies is an important part of finding new tenants. “We definitely work closely with CCET, we work very closely with Col-Pac, and we work very closely with Business Oregon in identifying and attracting their business retention and recruitment side of the house,” he said. The City of St. Helens tourism committee also has elements of economic development included in the events and activities it supports.  In the northern part of Columbia County, the Rainier Economic Development Council (better known as REDCO) is working with businesses like Teevin Bros., Osterkamp Trucking and Portland & Western Railroad to develop and retain business in that area. In addition to the rail and river access that much of the rest of the county has, Rainier has the added benefit of being just a few miles from the Interstate-5 corridor.

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or the past several years, Debbie Stansbury, owner of Bella Maison Home and Gifts, and Deanna Roeder have been bringing beautiful and unique gifts and home décor to Columbia County. or Debbie, her success has come from making her customers happy. She does this by a wide selection of unique items at all price levels. At Bella Maison, customers will find beautifully crafted leather wallets and handbags from Hobo, travel ready bags from Baggallini, paintings, stylish scarves and hats, baby items and gifts and much, much more. n November of 2011, Debbie moved Bella Maison to its current location at 1847 Columbia Blvd. The key to the businesses success, Debbie says, is to let it grow naturally. By focusing on customer service she ensures that the shopper won’t have to drive to Portland or Beaverton to find something special. Those customers keep coming back, too. eady to update your home but don’t know where to start? Interior decorator Cindy George, who also works for Bella Maison, is ready to help. o whether it’s fine European soaps and lotions from Pre de Provence, Voluspa candles, a piece of jewelry or an original work of art, Bella Maison Home and Gifts has something for everyone. ella Maison, at 1847 Columbia Blvd., is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. and is closed Sundays and Monday. For more information, call 503-366-4447.




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