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Runners have a dam good time

Despite early concerns that wildfire smoke might force cancellation of the event, the Best Dam Run took place as scheduled on Saturday, Sept. 27.

More than 400 participants ranging in age from 9 to 75 ran or walked the 10K course along the Clackamas River to cross the finish line in downtown Estacada.

Jesse McChesney was the first male runner to the line at 31:38. The first female runner to complete the race was Susan Smith, who finished at 36:38.

As for the fastest male and female walkers: George Opsahl finished at 1:00:19 and Fenny Roberts was done at 1:09:34.

Peggy Ayles-Hartwig, a new organizer of the event, asked participants to bring canned food for the Estacada Area Food Bank and collected money for the American Red Cross for the support they provided to the community during the 36 Pit Fire. Nearly $70 was collected for the Red Cross.

Photo Credit: CONTRIBUTED BY JANIE DAMON - Visitors enjoyed learning about history while pressing cider during Philip Foster Farms 39th Annual Cider Squeeze Saturday, Sept. 27.

Cider with a squeeze of history

Visitors squeezed cider on historic presses while listening to traditional fiddle music played by Mike Gilbertson and the Extra Measure student performers and watched living history actors demonstrate traditional blacksmithing, cooking, totem carving and arrowheads during Philip Foster Farm’s 39th Annual Cider Squeeze on Saturday, Sept. 27.

Photo Credit: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Local teen Desee Nafziger is a contestant in the 2014 Miss Jr. Teen Portland pageant.

Local girl vies for Miss Jr. Teen Portland title

Desee Nafziger of Estacada will compete in the Miss Jr. Teen Portland pageant competition Sunday, Oct. 12.

Along with other 13-15 year-old contestants, Nafziger will compete in casual and formal wear modeling routines and will be interviewed by the pageant’s panel.

The winner of the pageant will represent the Portland area in a National Competition in Orlando, Florida.

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