1999: Artback prepares to paint 'The Ginseng Story'
The News encouraged readers to apply for several open school board positions. "The Three Lynx District has three vacancies coming up due to resignations which have taken place during the past year," an article noted.
The Garfield Grange Hall was offering tap dancing classes for children and adults. The cost was ten lessons for $35, or $3.50 per lesson.
Estacada resident Sherril Osborn purchased a nearly life size cutout of singer Andy Gibb, which had been donated to a local yard sale by Broadway Theater owner Bill Davis. "It won't be the worst relationship I've ever had," Osborn said.
Red Barn Preschool wrote a letter to the editor thanking donors in their "best ever" annual auction, which was a fundraiser for their educational programs. Numerous local businesses donated to the cause. "We feel fortunate to be part of a community that is so supportive of our fundraising efforts," wrote Jane Reid, president of Red Barn Preschool.
A fishing report noted that for trout angling on the Clackamas River was poor, though conditions for spring chinook in the lower river were improving. Trout angling was also slow at Timothy Lake.
Members of the Estacada Artback were preparing to paint "The Ginseng Story," designed by Jenny Joyce. "Ginseng was a big part of the local economy in the early 20th century; then the market dropped out in the late 30's. We haven't done a mural about agriculture and I thought this was really important," Joyce said. The mural was sixth in a series depicting the history of the Estacada area and would be painted during the summer.
Theater students at Estacada High School were putting the final touches on their production of "The Man Who Came to Dinner." The story follows self-absorbed writer Sheridan Whiteside, played by Joey Triska, who recuperates at a local home after falling at a party. "He insults everybody left and right," Triska said. "He's really a character, who, for the most party, is completely and unabashedly caustic."
The Estacada School District recently announced a new summer learning program. The district's new Summer Academy would span two weeks in August and be open to students in kindergarten through seventh grade. "Every student will have some targeted reading and math, but it's not going to be your run of the mill (school)," said Summer Academy Principal Amy Hudson, noting that along with reading and math, the program would feature recreational sports, STEM projects and arts activities.