Popular community website comes to an end
After more than a decade at the helm of the Lucky Dawg eNews and Lucky Dawg World, Gloria Polzin is hanging up her hat.
A longtime Estacada resident, Polzin has been frequently on the road for the last several years to care for her mother, who lives in Idaho. Her busy schedule was part of her decision to end the weekly emails and website.
Twelve years ago, Polzin started the Lucky Dawg eNews, described as all of the "cool and groovy events and stuff happening in the neighborhood." The tradition began after Polzin and her husband, Jerry, visited a farmers market on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
"It was such a cool farmers market," Polzin said, adding that there was live music, food and art, among other offerings.
Polzin shared the experience with a friend, who said she hoped to increase participation at the Estacada Farmers Market. Polzin said she would send out an email to everyone she knew encouraging them to stop by the market.
As time went, on, Polzin began adding other community events like the Estacada Summer Celebration to the email. She initially planned to stop sending it after the Farmers Market came to a close for the season, but people said they would miss it, so she kept going.
Someone suggested she she name the weekly email, which was sent every Thursday. She posed the question of a potential title to her readers, and one of the suggestions was "Lucky Dog," since Polzin often said she and her neighbors were lucky dogs to live in a place like Estacada.
Polzin changed the spelling to "Lucky Dawg," after the musical style of mandolinist David Grisman, and the rest is history.
Ten years after its inception, the Lucky Dawg eNews became the Lucky Dawg World with a new website and social media pages.
"The changes were good. They made it easier to read," Polzin said.
Even with these changes, the weekly email remained a part of the Lucky Dawg tradition.
"I continued the email after the website because email reminds people of it. If no one reminded me, I would forget to look at the website," Polzin said.
She added that the Lucky Dawg's early form was "just one long email."
"I used all kinds of colors and fonts. It was cheerful," she said.
Reflecting on the Lucky Dawg, Polzin noted that she didn't expect it to last for more than a decade.
"I had no expectations," she said, noting that the email reached 700 people each week.
Polzin will miss sharing local events with her neighbors.
"There were things going on in the neighborhood that we didn't know about. That was my real purpose," she said. "I'll miss the feeling of helping my community and keeping at least a few people connected."