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St. Helens to light up Christmas tree

The annual Christmas tree lighting in St. Helens will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, at 5:30 p.m. in Plaza Square. The site of the lighting — in front of the historic Columbia County Court House in Old Town — is close by to the waterfront and city docks, from which the Christmas Ships Parade will commence at 6 p.m. The ships will travel to Columbia City and back over the course of the evening. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be present for the Christmas tree lighting, and downtown businesses will be distributing free movie passes and raffle tickets.

Reindeer Run is Sat. morning

The St. Helens Reindeer Run will take place on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 7. The annual event, put on by the Columbia River Foursquare Church in St. Helens, is a benefit for the Columbia-Pacific Food Bank, the Merchants' Toy N Joy program and the St. Helens Police Department. Those organizations will receive all funds raised by the run, according to the event website. Participants can walk or run 5,000-meter, 10,000-meter or half-marathon courses from the city out into the countryside. People can register for the event online or by mail. More information is available at www.crfoursquare.com/reindeerrun.html.

Columbia County law enforcement releases Thanksgiving “crackdown” numbers

Over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, officers from the St. Helens Police Department, Rainier Police Department, Vernonia Police Department and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office participated in a nationwide effort to get impaired drivers off the county's streets. Throughout the holiday, Columbia County Law Enforcement officers arrested two people for driving under the influence of intoxicants, and four others for misdemeanor and felony warrants. Those arrests followed at least 56 traffic stops that also resulted in three citations for driving while suspended and one citation to a minor in possession of alcohol. One driver was cited for throwing burning material from a motor vehicle.

One of the suspects arrested was believed to be under the influence of a controlled substance. “These arrests seem to follow an increasing trend of drivers who are found under the influence of something other than alcohol,” said St. Helens Police Chief Terry Moss in a press release. “While officers are looking for impaired drivers on a daily basis, another crackdown is scheduled for the Christmas and New Year’s Holidays.”

Scappoose scouts to collect food donations

Scappoose Boys Scouts and Cub Scouts will be visiting neighborhoods looking for canned food donations to help stock the St. Wenceslaus Food Closet

Saturday, Dec. 7, starting at 9 a.m. Scouts will also be collecting redeemable cans and bottles.

Residents who wish to donate to the food closet can also stop by the Church, located at 51555 S.W. Old Portland Rd. in Scappoose from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 7.

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