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Photo Credit: ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: ISABEL GAUTSCHI - City and business leaders celebrated new downtown business Tucana Professional Resources with a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, Oct. 9. Pictured from left: City Manager Bill Elliott, Chamber President Tamara Pugh, Mayor Brent Dodrill and Tracia Larimer, owner of Tucana Professional Resources.

Estacada welcomes new business

City leaders celebrated new downtown Estacada business Tucana Professional Resources and the new ownership of Barbara’s Flower’s and Coffee with back-to-back ribbon cutting ceremonies on Thursday, Oct. 9.

Sara Lake is the new owner of the café, while longtime former owner Barbara Mattson has stayed on to run the flower portion of the business. Lake has added several items to the menu.

Tucana Professional Resources Owner Tracia Larimer helps people to get paperwork in order, manage projects, prepare documents for legal proceedings and more.

Need help for the holidays?

Adopt A Family is accepting applications from Estacada, Eagle Creek and Colton families in need of a little help for the holiday season.

The program matches sponsors with families in crisis or with limited income to provide basic clothing and household needs.

Beginning Friday, Oct. 17, through Nov. 21, Adopt A Family volunteers are accepting applications from families in need 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays at the Estacada Public Library. Applicants who speak only Spanish should come by 10 a.m. to noon Fridays, when the volunteers hope to have a translator available.

Families are encouraged to apply early.

The program may serve a maximum of 125 families this year.

Preference will be given to families who have not been a part of the program before and families in severe crisis, although all limited income families are invited to apply.

Sponsors will drop off gifts from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, Dec. 17-18 at the Estacada Community Center.

Adopted families will come to the Community Center to pick up their gifts 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19. They will be required to show some identification or mail delivered to their local address.

Adopt A Family is also seeking sponsors to adopt families in need and volunteers. For more information call Janet Kiger-Hellard at 503-630-7433.

Jamie Smith appointed to school board

Jamie Smith is the newest member of the Estacada School Board.

Smith applied for the Zone 3 seat left vacant after Sonja McCarty’s resignation.

The board interviewed Smith during the school board meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 8.

Smith told the board that she moved to the Estacada area a few years ago from the Gresham-Barlow district.

She is the parent of a sixth-grader at Clackamas River Elementary and has a daughter that will enter kindergarten in a couple years.

The school board voted to appoint Smith.

She is expected to be sworn in at the next school board meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 12 and will fill out McCarty’s term, which expires in May 2015.

Don’t forget to vote!

The races for the Estacada mayor and three city councilor seats may be uncontested, but there are still plenty of matters of local interest on the ballot.

Estacada voters will decide the question of a proposed 3-cent per gallon May-September seasonal gas tax that would bring an estimated $35,000-55,000 into the city’s street fund annually.

Voters will also be asked to consider a $0.0533 per thousand increase in the Estacada Cemetery Maintenance District levy in an effort fund equipment replacement and operating expenses. The increase is expected to raise forty thousand dollars per year for five years.

Not to mention a plethora of county and statewide issues, including the Clackamas Community College bond and state and federal representation.

Citizens will receive their ballots in the mail between Oct. 16-19.

Ballot drop sites open Wednesday, Oct. 15.

There are two local Estacada drop box sites. There is a ballot drop box outside City Hall at 475 S.E. Main Street and another inside the Estacada Public Library, 825 N.W. Wade Street.

Ballots must be turned in by 8 p.m. Nov. 4.

Photo Credit: CONTRIBUTED - A painting by Estacada High School art student of the month, senior Alexi Caba.

Alexi Caba is EHS art student of the month

Photo Credit: CONTRIBUTED - Senior Alexi Caba has been selected as Estacada High School's art student of the month.Estacada High School art teacher Janice Packard has selected senior Alexi Caba as the art student of the month for October.”Lexi came into the school year with full-on enthusiasm and motivation from day one,” Packard said. “With an armful of half-finished paintings to work on as a start, she has determinedly tackled problems with those paintings and brought them to finish.”

Packard referred to Caba as an “inspirational” student.

“Although a lot of work is put into what I make, it never really feels like work; it has always just felt like something I have to do,” Caba wrote in an artist’s statement. “Art is a way for me to communicate anything, to evoke feelings in others. Art is important to me because one image can change you and the way you see the world.”

Eagle Creek Presbyterian installs clothing drop site

Eagle Creek Presbyterian announced it has opened a used clothing collection shed in its parking lot.

Clothes, shoes, sneakers, belts, purses, blankets, sheets, drapes, pillowcases and stuffed animals enclosed in plastic bags may dropped off at the site.

St. Pauly Textile Inc. provided the bin and will collect donations for distribution to places in need.

There is also a small box on the shed which holds clothing drop-off receipts for those who wish to make a tax deductible donation.

The Eagle Creek Congregation encouraged locals to utilize the shed or others like the Yellow House and Sandy Community Action Center to redirect used items to those in need.

The church is at 29455 S.E. Burnett Road, Eagle Creek.

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