1998: Ceramics studio opens in town
The newspaper's "Estacada Hilites" section outlined the activities of several residents. "Mr. and Mrs. Oral Stormer and Mr. and Mrs. Russel Reed spent a few days last week at the Austin hot springs. They did some fishing and caught some to eat. The road there was quite rough, but they had a most relaxing time there. They came home the other way and missed the rough road," The News reported.
Estacada resident Jess Christensen, 16, had earned first place in his division in the World Championship jousting event at the Albany Timber Carnival. Christensen also competed at the Estacada Timber Festival.
New books at the Estacada Public Library included "Rachel and her Children" by Jonathan Kozol, "Call Me Anne" by Patty Duke, "Stranger in the Forest"
by Eric Hansen, "Getting Better" by Nan Robertson and "A Small World of Our Own," a collection of pioneer stories from Oregon's Old Settler's Contest in 1892.
Dyan and Tom Kirkpatrick had recently opened Estacada Ceramics and Gifts on Highway 211. "The business offers greenware, bisque, classes, custom firing, ceramic supplies, custom gifts and parties," The News reported. Dyan added that, "We have over 3,000 different molds to choose from and a wide variety of glazes. Come paint for fun!"
Events from the community calendar a decade ago included a raffle for a wooden wheelbarrow and gardening items at the Estacada library, a morning of quilting with the Garfield Skip-a-Week Club and a meeting of the Breakfast Bunch at the Community Center.
The Performing Arts Group of Estacada was offering improv classes that were open to all skills levels. The classes featured a variety of games to help cultivate improvisational abilities, and participants were put in different scenarios where they created the dialogue and actions on the spot. "There are a lot of everyday life skills you can learn from improv," said Jean Hiebert Larson, PAGE's president. "More confidence, collaboration, the principle of always saying yes."