2008: Students frown at new lunch policy
Members of the American Legion Auxiliary were planning their spring rummage sale. "Anyone wishing to contribute spring house cleaning objects may call Mrs. Ralph Ahert," The News report-
ed. "There will be good used clothing and household equipment."
Chuck Surfus, an Estacada Volunteer Firefighter, and Hallie Brown of the Clackamas Community College theatre department made their way through Estacada streets to inform local children of the upcoming Easter egg hunt. The hunt was sponsored by the city's volunteer firefighters, as well as the Estacada Merchants Committee.
Eagle Creek resident Susie Flohr had recently won $31,000 on "Wheel of Fortune." Flohr, a graduate of Estacada High School, attributed her success to high school English teacher Karen Hardman.
Philip Foster Farm was the recipient of an $8,000 grant from the Meyer Memorial Trust. The funds would be used to replace the barn roof at the living history site.
The Estacada School District received a donation of 10 computer stations from the Portland Teachers Credit Union. "The credit union has recently completed a total conversion of its computers systems and was anxious to put its existing computer equipment to work in area schools," said Diane Thorton, marketing manager for the group.
Several days after a new brown bag lunch policy had been instituted at Estacada High School, lunch lady Nancy Shay took a stand against the change. "I am making hot lunch for the kids today, and if the administration doesn't like it, they can fire me," she said. The school's lunch program had been redesigned, and a brown bag style lunch of a sandwich, cookie, fruit and chips was available. However, the new program was not popular among students, who "started bringing ramen noodles and waiting in a long line to use the single microwave oven." When Shay announced the return of hot lunches, "Vice Principal Scott Sullivan could be heard leading a round of 'If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands."
Skydiving, kayaking on the Clackamas River, working on a commercial brewing system and free coffee once a month for a year were several of the unique experiences that would be up for bid at the Chamber of Commerce's Spring Gala in a few weeks. Chamber president Bennett Johnson was impressed by the variety of items community members had donated. "The raffle auction donations are fun, inventive and unique," she said.