1998: Irwin named county's top senior ambassador
The Estacada Jaycettes were organizing a social calendar for the upcoming year. "All local organizations are urged to participate by submitting your club or organization's meeting nights to be placed on the corresponding space," The News reported. The Jaycettes also encouraged families to add anniversaries and birthdays to the calendar.
Macromae Floral Designs in Eagle Creek invited those interested to classes for floral designs, ceramics and Christmas crafts. The first 10 participants to register would receive a free class, and supplies for the events would be available for purchase at the shop.
The newspaper's "Elwood News and Notes" section updated readers on the activities of their neighbors. "Mrs. Mavis Holm and daughter attended a dinner Friday night at Crystal Park restaurant to celebrate the wedding anniversary of Mavis' other daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Kim McCoy," The News reported. Meanwhile, "Mrs. Bonnie Birch of Elwood made a pleasure trip with a friend, Miss Susan Ahlberg of Oregon City, for six weeks, returning home on August 30, after going all over Germany, Holland, Britain, France and Austria."
City of Estacada Public Works Director Bill Strawn and employee Bob Owens led the process of creating playground equipment for Timber Park, using surplus materials from their department. Old road culverts were transformed into tunnels for youths to crawl through, tires were attached to a metal structure for children to climb and pipes and wooden planks became a teeter-totter. The Kiwanis Club and True Value also supported the projects. "I'd like to see us build more of these," Strawn said. "I think the service clubs may get interested in this."
Estacada resident Curtis Irwin was named the county's number-one senior citizen ambassador at the royalty pageant at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds. He was nominated by staff at the Estacada Community Center for his volunteerism at the center and around the city. Irwin served as a Meals on Wheels driver, a substitute van driver for the community center, a member of the Estacada Parks and Recreation Commission, volunteer manager of the Chamber of Commerce's Fourth of July sales booth and had completed the supervision of a local park bench project. Estacada Community Center Director Lori Bauer praised Irwin for being "there whenever you can't find anyone else to help."
Estacada High School had recently implemented a new closed-campus lunch policy. For the first few weeks of the term, no one was allowed to leave campus. After that, students would be able to walk off campus for lunch if they met standards for academics and attendance and purchased a pass. "It seems like there are so many more rules this year," said Jon Sutherland, a senior at the high school. "I think the closed campus rule sucks. We paid for privileges to go off campus, and there's enough time to drive to Sandy and back to eat. It's kind of disappointing."
A recent survey of Estacada park users found that the top three activities in the recreational areas were walking or hiking; picnics and barbecues; and enjoying the playgrounds. The online survey drew responses from 324 people and focused on Wade Creek Park, Cazadero Park, the Lakeshore Trail, the Veteran's Memorial Park, downtown Broadway Street, local school facilities, the Cycling Plaza and Timber Park, as well as nearby state and county parks. When polled about the most needed recreational facilities in Estacada, more than 50 percent of respondents selected features that include water play as their top priority.