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EHS art students win national awards

Estacada High School senior Hanna Wood and junior Alena Kozlova earned silver medal awards in the national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

“In all the years we have participated in Scholastic regionally (Portland Metro Scholastic Art Awards), we have never had our regional Gold Key winners place at nationals. So this is a big first! We are all so excited and so proud of Hanna and Alena,” Janice Packard, Estacada High School art teacher, wrote in an email. “How it works is all the Gold Key winners’ work (all in various categories) that won regionally (in our case Portland) automatically gets sent on to compete at the national level against all the other Gold Key winners’ works from all 50 states.”

Wood earned a silver medal in mixed media and Kozlova earned a silver medal in painting.

Veterans Memorial vandalized

The Estacada Veterans Memorial was vandalized last week.

Rich Perry, a community relations officer with the Estacada Area Support Our Troops Foundation, said a foundation member noticed the vandalism around 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 21.

Perry said the front ornamental lamp post on the west side had been broken off at the base.

The light receptacle had smashed into the concrete and covered the sidewalk in shattered glass, he said.

“Surveillance records have been reviewed and the results reported to the local police department,” Perry said.

The foundation is urging anyone with information on the incident to contact the Sandy Police Department, 503-668-5566.

Kennemer to hold Town Hall March 26

State Rep. Bill Kennemer, a Republican who represents Estacada, Eagle Creek, greater Barlow, Barton, Beavercreek, Boring, Canby, Carus, Charbonneau, Fishers Mill, Mulino and Redland areas as well as portions of Damascus, Happy Valley and rural Oregon City, will offer a town hall meeting 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26 at Estacada City Hall, 475 S.E. Main St.

Kennemer will give an update on the 2015 legislative session and address constituents’ questions and concerns.

Coffee and refreshments will be served.

Residents of Estacada, Eagle Creek, Boring and Damascus are especially encouraged to attend.

“Hearing directly from members of the community is one most valuable and important aspects of my job,” Kennemer was quoted in a press release. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to meet with citizens, brief them on what is happening in Salem and discuss their questions and concerns.”

Council approves city salary scale

The Estacada City Council approved an 11-step salary scale for city employees beginning July 1.

The decision was made during the City Council meeting on Monday, March 9.

There had been a seven-step salary scale previously in place.

City documents reflect that all department heads were in favor of implementing the new 11-step scale.

City Manager Bill Elliott will detail procedures for all city department heads to follow on how an employee may earn a step increase through the annual evaluation system and how employees may advance through levels in their department.

Council temporarily waives sign permit fees

In acknowledgment of the necessity of signage during construction on the Broadway Streetscape Project, the Estacada City Council has decided to suspend the $5 permit fee for any Broadway business to display temporary daily advertising signs.

The waiver will remain in place until June 1.

To qualify, businesses must still apply for a sign permit and show proof of permission of the property or business owner where the sign will be displayed.

The council made the decision during the meeting on Monday, March 9.

Join the Community Center leadership

The Estacada Community Center is in need of volunteer drivers to deliver Meals on Wheels, new members to serve on the board of directors and a new executive director.

If you are interested in any of these positions, contact Acting Director Earline Masse at estcomm2@rconnects.com for more information.

Public hearing scheduled for military museum funding bill

The Oregon State Senate Committee On Veterans and Emergency Preparedness will hold a public hearing on an Oregon Military Museum funding bill on March 31.

Senate Bill 408 would appropriate money from the General Fund to the Oregon Military Department for the Oregon Military Museum for the creation of exhibits, museum establishment and maintenance and toward the salaries of the person or persons who administer the museum or its exhibits.

If passed, state funding would go to the museum for the first time, officials say.

The bill would be effective for the biennium beginning July 1.

The museum is temporarily closed to the public for renovations.

“Until 2009, the Museum was located in several buildings at the Oregon National Guard’s Camp Withycombe,” a flyer on the Oregon Military Museum website states. “As the result of a massive base realignment project, the Museum relocated to the 1954 Clackamas Armory building. The move provides the Museum with unique opportunities to expand operations and better fulfill its mission.

It also presents some challenges. Major renovations are required to reconfigure and retrofit the Museum buildings and grounds.”

Rep. Bill Kennemer, R-District 39, is listed as a chief sponsor of Senate Bill 408, along with Sen. Alan Olsen, R-District 20, Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, D- Gresham, Sen. Bill Hansell, R-Athena, and Sen. Chuck Thomsen, R-Hood River.

Twenty-seven additional legislators have signed on to sponsor the bill.

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