2008: Thriftway collects donations for food bank
At the Estacada Appliance Co., Proctor steam and dry irons and deluxe two-slice toasters were both $6.99. A recent sale at the store featured free cake and coffee, along with door prizes.
There were a variety of activities underway at the Broadway Cinema. Current film showings included "Fowl Play" starring Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase. A weekly Bingo night was also scheduled and included a $100-plus blackout prize, along with other goodies including a "super tasty pizza" from the Shingle Mill restaurant.
To ring in the holiday season, members of the Cascade Christian Chorus led the community in singing Christmas carols at Estacada City Hall. The group's leader John Penast was previously a music teacher in Minnesota.
Items from the newspaper's community calendar included the Springwater Grange Craft Sale, a SAFACT Christmas tree sale and a meeting of Dads Against Drugs.
Harmony Bakery would soon become a non-smoking establishment. "For many years, Estacada's Harmony Bakery Company Restaurant has allowed smoking in the smaller, back room, but that will change as of Jan 1, 1999," The News reported. Owner Linda Lawrence saw the change as a positive one. "I think it's the best gift I can give to the people I love. We have always had healthy food choices on our menu. Now there will be healthier hair to go along with the healthy food," Lawrence said. When weather permitted, smoking would still be allowed on the restaurant's back patio.
Estacada Thriftway conducted a food drive for the Estacada Area Food Bank that generated 4,500 pounds of groceries. "It was wonderful, all of the contributions from the community and our suppliers," said Thriftway store director Mike Schuh. "This is the first year we have done this and feel it was a great success. We just want to keep our community going." The food bank had seen a 20 percent increase in the amount of food needed in the last year.
Estacada resident Forrest Parker took home top honors in the Hayden Homes three-dimensional miniature structure contest. The 12-year-old received $1,500 to be donated to a local nonprofit organization, and he chose to give the funds to Eagle Fern Camp, a Christian summer camp in Estacada that he has attended since he was 5 years old. He hopes the funds can go toward scholarships for other potential camp attendees. "I wanted everyone else to experience what I've experienced, because it was a very great experience," Parker said.