1990: Sparky the Dog shares fire safety lessons with Estacada students
1980 — An admirer of advice columnist Pat Anderson asked if she handled her own issues as well as those of the people who wrote to her. In response, Pat acknowledged she had her own problems as well. "When we first moved to our country estate in Eagle Creek, I pictured flowering trees, beautiful shrubs and a waterfall in my front yard," she wrote. "What did I get? Pigs and potatoes. . .In the back yard I pictured a covered patio with a barbecue pit and a swimming pool shaped like a kidney. What did I get? You guessed it. Pigs and potatoes and a smoker that still looks like an outhouse."
1990 — Estacada Grade School students met new friends who shared valuable lessons about fire safety. Smokey Bear, Sparky the Dog and Woodsy Owl, along with local firefighters, taught the young scholars to not play with matches and how to stop-drop-and-roll in case their clothing caught on fire.
2000 — Items from the newspaper's "Community Happenings" section included Estacada Junior High School's production of "Beauty and the Beast," a meeting of the children's pioneer club at Clackamas Valley Baptist Church and bingo at the Harding Grange.
2010 — The Estacada area had received recognition in National Geographic's Central Cascades Geotourism Map Guide. Estacada's Artback murals and Philip Foster Farm, the Clackamas River Trail, Fearless Brewing and the Summer Celebration were included in the guide. "I think this was such a great project," said Jae Heidenreich of Clackamas County's department of Tourism and Public Affairs.
2019 — Preschoolers in Estacada would soon be able to get a jump on learning with the launch of the school district's prekindergarten program. At the start of each school year, young students across the state are assessed as they enter kindergarten to determine if they have a basic understanding of letters and numbers, along with self-regulation and interpersonal skills. Kindergarteners at River Mill and Clackamas River elementary schools scored just slightly behind the state average, and Estacada School District leaders were eager to close that difference.
"With the kindergarten assessments, they come to us at that level. We want to catch the gap before it occurs," said River Mill Elementary School Principal Jennifer Behrman.
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