by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - From left, Katie Lobby, state Sen. Betsy Johnson, Kiara Single, Baylee Crawford, Ashley Lanphear and Savannah Dreyer cut a strand of barbed wire trussed with ribbon to mark the grand opening of the Warren Grange at the Columbia County Fairgrounds 4-H Pavilion.The Warren Grange held a grand opening Dec. 8 at the Columbia County Fairgrounds 4-H Pavilion, reopening after almost half a year of upgrades and remodeling. The event also served as an occasion to reveal the grange’s new kitchen to the public.

State Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose, led a sort of ribbon-cutting, using a pair of wire cutters to snip a piece of barbed wire meant to symbolize the grange’s rural tradition. The Columbia County Rodeo court and Columbia County Dairy Princess Kiara Single joined Johnson for the wire-cutting.

About 80 people attended the ceremony, according to a release from the Warren Grange. SunShine Pizza in St. Helens catered the event.

Many local contractors worked on the project, including Comfort Construction, Pacific Stainless Products, AKAAN Architecture and Design, Northwest Plumbing Services, Rofinot Heating Inc., and WR Walker Electric. Eva Frost, master of the grange, thanked them for their work at the ceremony.

Funds for the remodeling project came from the sale of the grange’s former building on Millard Road in Warren, the grange’s statement noted.

The Warren Grange will resume its practice of holding pancake breakfasts, a popular tradition, starting Saturday, Jan. 11, from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. The cost of breakfast is $5 for a regular meal and $8 for a deluxe meal.

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