Looking to the year ahead
With a new year on the horizon, many Estacada community members are thinking about what they would like to see in the next 12 months. Whether it's continuing established traditions or hoping for something new, Estacada's wish list for 2022 is varied and hopeful.
At the Estacada Community Center, director Valerie Hansen Renteria said they hope to install new HVAC units to be able to host more in-person activities.
"The center is a main nutrition resource for seniors. Estacada is a growing community, we now provide home delivered meals for nearly 90 clients and we hope to have the means necessary to continue to grow with the community," she said, adding that they also hope to continue partnering with other local nonprofit groups.
Staff and volunteers at Philip Foster Farm National Historic Site are looking to start several new events and continue with some already established, including the grand opening of their new sawmill.
"Mary Charlotte's Garden Party continues, this year hopefully welcoming people back into our buildings and seeing a new exhibit on women inventors, and the return of our much missed Cider Squeeze in September. We are also planning to work with other local historic sites to highlight the history of logging in the area," said programming director Jennifer Goldman.
Leslie Pearson, adult services librarian at the Estacada library, said that she's excited about the completion of Wade Creek Park phase three, which will include a community room and amphitheater. The project is expected to be completed this summer.
"There are so many possibilities for us to use these indoor and outdoor spaces for community events," she added.
Jenny Beaudoin, owner of Harmony, is looking forward to increased stability and new ventures this year.
"We jumped into my family restaurant just before the pandemic hit, so we have been operating in survival mode for nearly two years now. I'm really proud of our creativity, the commitment and incredible skills on our team, and the deep rooted loyalty of our community. We are eager to find a steady rhythm so that we can build and grow," she said. "We are really looking forward to launching a Wednesday evening farmers market during the summer of 2022, and also deepening our partnerships with AntFarm and Estacada Area Food Bank."
Estacada area resident David Bugni's hopes for the year relate to the COVID-19 pandemic and wildfire season.
"For 2022, I imagine my hopes are similar to most: One, that globally we can all work together to gain control of COVID and its variants to return to a greater sense of normalcy, and two, that we do not have a terrible wildfire season, and if should a wildfire in our community develop, we can gain control of it during its early stages," he said.
Wally McDermed, pastor at Clackamas Valley Baptist Church, shared several wishes for the upcoming 12 months.
"My hope for the new year is that we can get back to some normalcy regarding the masks, mandates and COVID," he said. "My hope and prayer is that people will overcome their fear of vaccines and trust in God whether vaccinated or not. My hope and prayer is that people would turn to Jesus for salvation and realize that there is hope if He is a part of their lives."
Brent Dodrill, pastor at Estacada First Baptist Church, hopes that the COVID-19 pandemic comes to an end.
"I am hoping, like everyone else, that the COVID-19 virus will run its course and become just a memory," he said. "On a more personal note I hope that 2022 will allow me greater opportunities to communicate through my life that Jesus is 'the way the truth and the life' so that others can experience peace, no matter what the new year brings."
Estacada resident Gloria Polzin wished for several things going into 2022.
"I'm hopeful enough people will be vaccinated to slow down COVID. Then we'll have some normalcy again. I hope fair voting rights will be passed by our federal government to save our democracy," she said. "I hope and pray for peace and kindness to spread in this country and the world."
Several other community members also wished for increased understanding and dialogue.
"I want people to be comfortable living with doubt, saying "I don't know" more often, asking questions and, especially, listening," Estacada resident Nolene Triska said. "I'm weary of anyone who sees things in black and white and reduces all shades of nuance to absolute certainty. Oliver Cromwell, in 1650, beseeched listeners to 'think it possible that you may be mistaken.' He got that right."
"In a nutshell, I'm just wishing everyone out there more peace, compassion and understanding in this new year, so that we may all thrive and get along better," said David Wrisley, owner of Toys in the Attic.
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