The decade prior, a local theater owner said he would play Star Wars not a day longer than 28 years

ARCHIVE PHOTO - In 1977, Bill Davis, owner of the Broadway Cinema, said he planned to show Star Wars not a day longer than 28 years. The film had been playing at his theater for seven weeks.


A local service group, the Ma Ka La Campfire Girls, adopted three residents of the Portland region who were serving in Vietnam. Their adopted "big brothers" were Tim Grogan, Mike Grogan and Gary Edwards. "Tim, Mike and Gary will be corresponding with the Campfire group and will be sending pictures and papers," The News reported. "The girls plan to send cookies, candy and magazines in return."

Items on the grade school lunch menu included cowboy macaroni, brioled lunch meat, tiger burgers and boysenberry cobbler.


The owner of Estacada's Broadway Cinema was justifying his decision to play "Star Wars" for seven weeks in a row. "I realize that the people of Estacada must be sick of Star Wars playing in their theater every week, but so long as it's making money, I am reluctant to part with it," Bill Davis told The News. "So, as just compensation, I've decided to show first rate films for only 25 cents at 5 p.m. every day commencing this Wednesday with Race for Your Life Charlie Brown."

During the Star Wars showings, Davis would often climb on stage at intermission and ask people where they lived. He had discovered that the majority of the viewers were from Southeast Portland. When asked how long Star Wars would play at his theater, Davis replied, "Not a day longer than 28 years."


Classified ads from 30 years ago included piano lessons with Babette Soll, wedding photography with newspaper publisher Ray Horn and an opportunity to rent a grandmother — which required those interested to have references and their own transportation.


Public works employee Tom Seal had recently discovered a wooden water pipe between Northeast First and Second Streets. He was fixing the metal service line that went from the main line to the house when he found it. "According to our maps, there weren't any more wooden pipes," said Estacada Public Works Director Bill Strawn. "I guess we need to change our maps."


New lockers had been installed at Estacada High School. "Gone are the well-worn decrepit blue lockers," The News reported. "Students will be greeted with durable and handsome new, Ranger-green lockers this fall."


A new event in downtown Estacada was honored during the Oregon Main Street Evening of Excellence Celebration in Astoria. During the event, Estacada Uncorked received an Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award in the "Best Special Event" category.

The award recognizes outstanding downtown events, festivals or promotional series.

The Oregon Main Street Program's award review committee was particularly impressed with the

local government's support for the event.

"Every city councilor, the mayor and the city manager attended," said Sheri Stuart, Oregon Main Street coordinator.

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