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Revisiting the Past in Rainier


STEPPING BACK IN TIME to the year 1853, members and friends of Rainier Junior/Senior High School history club, their advisor Andrew Demko (in the military uniform), local historians and community members, staged the fifth annual “Rainier Revisted” living history reenactment Saturday, April 13, at the beaver Homes Grange. Chief Photo by Deborah Steele Hazen

Holy Week and Easter Sunday Services Planned

Churches throughout the Clatskanie, Rainier and Westport areas are celebrating Easter this week with a variety of special services and events.

Details as made available to The Chief are as follows.

Faith Lutheran

Faith Lutheran Church, located at 1010 5th Street in Clatskanie, will have a Maundy Thursday service on April 17 at 7 p.m., in the Taize tradition. The service will include meditative times for personal reflection.

The church will host a Good Friday Tennebrae at 7 p.m. This is a “service of darkness” focusing on the last words of Jesus Christ.

An Easter sunrise service will be held at 7 a.m. Sunday, April 20, at Maplewood Cemetery in Clatskanie.

Easter breakfast will be served at Faith Lutheran at 9 a.m., followed by worship service at 10 a.m., and an egg hunt for the children at 11 a.m.

Clatskanie Baptist

Clatskanie Baptist Church, 415 S. Nehalem Street, is planning a Good Friday service, April 18, at 7 p.m. Easter morning breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the church, with services at 8:30 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Childcare is provided.

Apostolic Lutheran

Apostolic Lutheran Church in Clatskanie will hold a Good Friday service April 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the church, located at 18614 Beaver Falls Road.

Services on Easter Sunday are Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. and worship service at 11 a.m., followed by Easter brunch and another worship service at 2 p.m.

Westport Community Church

Westport Community Church will hold an Easter sunrise service at Bradley Park in Westport at 6:30 a.m. Easter Sunday, with a breakfast following at the church at 8 a.m.

Sunday services will be held at their usual times – Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship service at 11 a.m. at the church, located at 49246 Highway 30 in Westport.

Westport Christian Center

Westport Christian Center will have an Easter breakfast on Sunday at 8 a.m., followed by Easter Sunday service at 9 a.m. This is a change from the church’s usual worship service time.

Westport Christian Center is located at 91104 Hungry Hollow Loop in Westport.

Rainier Community Sunrise Service

This year’s Rainier community sunrise service is being hosted by Riverside Community Church on Easter Sunday, April 20, at 7 a.m.

The service is open to all denominations and involves various Rainier area churches. Riverside Community Church, formerly the elementary school in downtown Rainier, is located at 305 West C Street.

Rainier United Methodist

Rainier United Methodist Church is having a Maundy Thursday service at 5 p.m. on April 17, followed by a soup supper.

Worship service on Easter Sunday will be held at the usual time of 9:30 a.m. at the church, located at 101 East C Street.

“Journey to the Cross”

An hour-long musical drama, “Journey to the Cross,” depicting the life, death and resurrection of Jesus will be presented at the Kelso-Longview Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

Presentations are scheduled Easter weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 18-20. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free.

The Adventist church is located at 1185 Westside Highway in Kelso.

Area Easter Egg Hunts, Activities Saturday

Easter egg hunts are planned in Clatskanie and Rainier on Saturday, April 19.

The annual Clatskanie area Easter egg hunt sponsored by the Clatskanie Kiwanis Club is set for 10 a.m. sharp at the Clatskanie Middle/High School athletic fields. The free event begins promptly and is over within minutes.

Toddlers and children to age four, and five to seven-year-olds will be assigned to the football field. Children eight to 10 will hunt in the baseball outfield area. There are prizes for everyone, said an egg hunt organizer.

Parents are urged to accompany and supervise their children during the event.

Rainier Eagles Egg Hunt

An Easter egg hunt sponsored by the Rainier Eagles will be held in Rainier Riverfront Park on Saturday, April 19, beginning at 10 a.m.

Easter Basket Swim

An “Easter basket swim” is being held Saturday, April 19, at the Briarcliff pool at Rainier High School from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Following a swim time, participants will receive a bag/basket of toys and candy.

Cost for the event is $4 and pre-registration is required. Swim passes will not be accepted as payment.

To register, call the pool at 503 556-4217 and leave a message including child’s name, age and gender. Signups will be accepted at the pool office through 3 p.m. on Friday, April 18, and after hours on Friday from 3-8 p.m. by calling 503 396-3335 or 503 728-2333.

mEGGa Egg Hunt

The 14th annual “mEGGa Egg Hunt” will be held at the Columbia County Fairgrounds in St. Helens on Saturday, April 19.

Gates open at 9:30 a.m. and the hunt, featuring more than 30,000 plastic eggs, begins at 11 a.m. sharp. Admission is free.

Babies and children up to age 12 will be divided into groups according to age. A hunt designed specifically for physically and cognitively-challenged children is planned.

Other scheduled activities include pictures with the Easter Bunny, horse rides, petting zoo, face painting, and archery and robotics demonstrations.

Parking at the fairgrounds, located at 58892 Saulser Road in St. Helens, is limited. Free shuttle bus rides will be available from the St. Helens High School every 15 minutes from 9:15 a.m. to closing.

Rainier School District Receives News on Over $800,000 in Grants

by Adam J. Wehrley

Updates on over $800,000 in federal grants highlighted the business meeting of the Rainier School District (RSD) board of directors  Monday, April 14.

Rainier Junior/Senior High School (RJSHS) English and physical education teacher Megan Benson updated the board on the implementation of a three-year, $473,000 physical education program (PEP) grant.

The grant has allowed RJSHS to completely redesign and re-equip the weight room, add a cycling room, and purchase curriculum for all RSD grade levels. As per the grant, RSD is tracking physical fitness measurements and setting goals with  students.

The PEP grant also financed a climbing wall for students and the recent construction of a low ropes challenge course, plus staff training.

Future plans include a “labyrinth” of native plants and possibly a fly-fishing program.

Professional development funds are being used for staff training on campus and at conferences, including a recent conference in Missouri.

Also part of the grant-funded program, healthy snacks advisory committee is working on promoting healthier foods for school activities and fundraisers.

“Our overall goal is to improve the health and fitness of our students and community,” said Benson.

RSD Superintendent Michael Carter noted that the climbing wall, ropes course and other equipment had been approved by the district’s insurance providers.

Dr. Carter has instituted a policy of requiring RSD administrators to apply for several grants each year to improve school funding.

Since the last board meeting, RSD was rewarded a $347,000 career technical education (CTE) grant. This will be used for equipment purchase and improvements to the Vocational/Agriculture (VoAg) program and the possible purchase of a portable sawmill and wood kilns. The grant will also cover professional development and may result in a joint program with the Clatskanie district.

VoAg students may receive college credits, and area industries have expressed interest in the program.

Calendar Changes

With seven snow closure days and two days canceled due to a large water leak, the board approved school calendar changes setting  June 13 as a half-day for the last day of classes.

In agreement with the teachers’ union staff development time was added to the calendar to offset the lost work days.

High School Principal Search

A variety of interviews and meetings are scheduled between RSD board members, staff, and community members for the selection process for a RJSHS principal. Currently Graden Blue is serving as interim principal.

The selection process is scheduled to be complete the week of April 21-25.

Selection of a elementary school principal is also underway.

Student body president Tiffany Fletcher and vice-president Keaton Knox gave an update on efforts to purchase an electronic reader board for the main entrance of the RSD campus. $725.95 has been raised towards the $2500 project, and the Rainier Booster Club has expressed interest in helping.

Community donations will be sought.

Dr. Carter expressed his excitement over offering two sessions of full-day kindergarten for the 2014-15 school year, with one session of half day.

Annual Tulip Sale Set


SALES OF FRESH TULIPS at Clatskanie Chapter T P.E.O.’s annual sale this Friday and Saturday, April 18-19, at the Evergreen Shopping Center in Clatskanie will help fund scholarships for women. Members of Chapter T’s project committee, from left, Diane Pohl, Pam Makela, Jan Gillespie and Elsa Wooley, posed with a bouquet to publicize the sale.

Tulip bouquets in a variety of colors – just in time for decorating for Easter – will be sold for $5 a bunch from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Friday, April 18, and from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, in front of Some Like It Hot and between Safeway and Hi-School Pharmacy.

Bouquets may also be ordered in advance by contacting Pam Makela at 503 728-2776 or 503 260-7423.

Proceeds from the tulip sale benefit scholarships sponsored by the philanthropic educational organization.

Currently, seven local women are being assisted in their educations by P.E.O. scholarships. Chief Photo by Deborah Steele Hazen 


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