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Citizens discuss streetscape design

A diverse group of citizens gathered in the Mason Building to discuss what they’d like as the overall feel for the Broadway Streetscape on Monday, March 31.

Through an exercise, it was established that the group prioritized a welcoming and historical feel to the design.

Another exercise revealed that the group prioritized directing funding primarily toward landscaping. Curb and sidewalk design was the second biggest funding priority and intersection treatments such as curb extensions, crosswalks and plantings was the third.

The Broadway Streetscape Outreach Committee, facilitated by the Estacada Development Association, will summarize the findings from this meeting along with other public comment for the Urban Renewal Agency.

The Broadway Streetscape Project will be the first step toward implementing the Estacada Downtown Riverside Area Plan, which was adopted in 2011.

Estacada Urban Renewal Agency dollars will fund upgrades to the street’s public amenities for the project.

The Broadway Streetscape project area will stretch from Second Avenue to Highway 224/211.

Writer’s Night at Springwater Grange

This year’s annual Writer’s Night features two authors with Estacada roots.

The event takes place at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at the Springwater Grange, 24591 S. Springwater Road.

Joanna Rose will read her short story “A Good Crack and Break” from Forest Avenue Press’s upcoming anthology “The Night, and the Rain, and the River” which features authors from Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Robin Cody, acclaimed author of “Ricochet River” and “Voyage of a Summer Sun,” also will be featured at the event. Cody grew up in Estacada.

The host, Stevan Allred, will also do a reading. Allred penned “A Simplified Map of the Real World” a collection of linked short stories set in Renata, a fictional town with many similarities to Estacada. Allred lives in Estacada.

Following the reading, Allred will invite the entire audience to his home for a reception.

Writer’s Night is Sponsored by the Estacada Area Arts Commission.

Estacada woman dies after car-bus collision

An Estacada woman has died following a crash with a small school bus at around 7:30 a.m. Friday, March 21, at the intersection of Highway 224 and 211.

The woman, Celia Cauich-Caamal, 38, of Estacada, was a passenger in the car driven by her son.

The occupants of the car included Cauich-Caamal and her two sons, ages 14 and 16, who also were injured in the collision.

According to Sandy Police reports, the car was being operated by an unlicensed minor. Police said the vehicle did not stop at a stop sign and was driven into the intersection in front of the bus.

The bus driver was unable to stop in time and collided with the driver’s side of the car.

The vehicles were blocking the intersection when Estacada firefighters arrived at the scene.

There were no children on the bus, but the bus driver received a minor hand injury.

Two people from the car were transported by helicopter to Oregon Health & Science University with critical injuries.

The third occupant of the car was taken by an American Medical Response ambulance to the hospital.

The Boring Fire District, Sandy Police Department, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon State Police also responded to the scene.

The accident is still under investigation. A report will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office.

Literary Foundation offers scholarships

The Estacada Area Literary Foundation is offering a scholarship opportunity for those who have been accepted or are enrolled in a two- or four-year college or university and reside within the boundaries of the Estacada School District.

Applicants must submit a high school transcript and/or resume; proof of acceptance in a college, university or institute of higher education; two letters of recommendation and an essay describing how you plan to integrate the arts into your community after completing your education.

Applications with complete instructions may be picked up at the Book Nook or at the ASPIRE office in Estacada High School.

Applications must be returned to either location by 3 p.m. Monday, May 5.