2008: Best Dam Run draws athletes from 11 states
Recent arrivals to the Springwater area were introduced in an article called "A Visit with New Springwater Folks," written by Mary Horner. New neighbors included the Rehbein family, the Cordell family, the Bess family and the Eggleston family. "Our community extends a warm welcome to them, with the hope that they will be very happy here," The News reported.
Updates from Dodge residents were outlined in "Dodge Items," written by Mrs. M.F. Ott. "Mr. and Mrs. Emery Keller were informed that their only grandson Robert (Bobby) Tenny was wounded in action in Vietnam last week. He is reported to be recovering rapidly," the article said. Meanwhile, "Dodge Community church board members met at the hall Saturday evening to look after business of the church."
The Broadway Cinema and Tropical Palace Pet Shop joined forces to sponsor a coloring contest for children. The coloring page featured a scene from the Disney movie, The Jungle Book, and participants were encouraged to color it with crayon and "no help from Mom or Dad or any older person."
First place prize was a Walt Disney phonograph album from the theater, and the second place prize were sea monkeys from the pet shop.
Karen Bigler, a sophomore at the University of Oregon from Estacada, was named one of the 105 Truman Scholars for the year. The award was given to "outstanding students who demonstrate potential for future leadership and public service." At the time of the award, Bigler was studying abroad at Beijing University in China. She received a $7,00 per year stipend to fund two more years of undergraduate education and two years of postgraduate education. Prior to studying in China, Bigler spent a year in Indonesia with the American Field Services program.
Josh Gallup was the associate of the week at Estacada Thriftway. "Well, it looks like summer is over; soon we will see ice and snow. I, on the other hand, see ice every day because I am now the head of (Thirftway's) frozen food department," Gallup wrote. Along with working at the store, he was enrolled in classes at Clackamas Community College.
The 25th annual Best Dam Run brought nearly 400 athletes to the Estacada area. "In the six years I have been race director, this was by far our largest event," said Phil Lingelbach. "Our registration last year was at 248, and this year 395. We had entrants from two foreign countries and 11 states." The event, which recently completed its 35th year, is hosted by the Oregon Road Runners Club.
A book club had been recently formed at the Viola Community Club. Voila resident Chelle Mitchell, who is leading the group, said the book club will give community members valuable opportunities to become better acquainted. The group's first reading project was "The Rosie Project," by Graeme Simsion.